258 HELD IN IM­MI­GRA­TION RAID

They in­clude four Nige­ri­ans who put up a strug­gle dur­ing the op­er­a­tion

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - FARIS FUAD faris.fuad@nstp.com.my

IM­MI­GRA­TION Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Musta­far Ali sprung into ac­tion when sev­eral il­le­gal Nige­rian im­mi­grants tried to es­cape from a raid in Ke­pong yes­ter­day.

Lead­ing a 150-man team, Musta­far gave the il­le­gals a chase as they at­tempted to leave the apart­ment where the op­er­a­tion was con­ducted.

“Some of our of­fi­cers were hurt in the process as the burly Nige­rian men jos­tled their way past the raid­ing team.

“Some of our men were thrown off when they were pushed over by the for­eign­ers.

“The in­jured staff has been treated.

“Some (of the im­mi­grants) hid in be­tween walls and un­der a sofa, while some went as far as plac­ing the (heavy) sofa onto their bod­ies to avoid be­ing caught,” he said af­ter check­ing the last site of the op­er­a­tion in Bukit Jalil.

He said a work­ers’ hos­tel in Bukit Jalil, as well as an apart­ment in Se­layang, were also raided.

He said checks on 468 im­mi­grants were con­ducted dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, of which 258 of them were de­tained for not hav­ing valid travel doc­u­ments.

In Se­layang, he said 185 peo­ple were checked and 68 of them were de­tained.

“Out of the to­tal, 40 of them are In­done­sians and the rest are Bangladeshis.

“We also checked 30 im­mi­grants in Ke­pong and de­tained nine Nige­ri­ans, four In­done­sians and one Filipino.

“In Bukit Jalil, we con­ducted checks on 253 im­mi­grants. A to­tal of 181 were de­tained, of which 140 are In­done­sians, while the re­main­ing are Myan­mar na­tion­als (21) and Bangladeshis (20).”

He said the il­le­gal im­mi­grants were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der the Im­mi­gra­tion Act 1959/63, Pass­port Act 1966 and Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tions 1963.

He said checks re­vealed that the pass­port of most of the for­eign­ers de­tained had ex­pired.

“Some of them ran away from their em­ploy­ers and worked else­where.

“For in­stance, im­mi­grants whose doc­u­ments state that they are work­ing in Brick­fields but they moved to Se­layang.”

He said forged doc­u­ments were found, which were the work of lo­cal syn­di­cates.

“We’re work­ing to crip­ple such syn­di­cates.

PIC BY ROSDAN WAHID

Il­le­gal im­mi­grants de­tained by Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment en­forcers dur­ing a raid in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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