PHNOM PENH, August 7 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia expelled 19 illegal Cambodian immigrants including a baby after they had crossed border to work illegally in Malaysia, according to Koy Kuong, spokesman for Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
"They are among 27 Cambodians working illegally in Malaysia and were arrested by Malaysian authority for illegal entry," he said in a statement, adding that the 19 Cambodians had returned home on Tuesday morning and the rest will be repatriated to Cambodia soon.
According to the statement, the repatriation was made possible after good cooperation between Cambodian embassy officials to Malaysia and the International Organization of Migration.
Cambodia suspended dispatching its laborers to Malaysia since October last year after subsequent reports of physical abuses, death and working as slaves.
Currently, there are more than 20,000 Cambodian maids working in Malaysia.