Malaysia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said that human trafficking victims will be sent back to Bangladesh in stages, starting with the first group of 61 Bangladeshi nationals.

The decision to repatriate the victims was made after talks were held between the ministry and the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, The Star said.

"The first group of 61 will be going home on Thursday, June 18, at 3.20pm (local time)," said the Ministry statement on 17 June.

The Bangladeshis will be flown to Dhaka. They are currently being held at the Belantik Immigration Detention Centre in Kedah.

About 716 Bangladeshis are reported to be held at the centre.