October 17, 2021, 9:07 pm
Expatriate Desk /
Separate raids in seven parts of Malaysia, including Simonia and Selangor, led to the arrest of 297 illegal immigrants, including 96 Bangladeshis. Most of them are construction workers.
The Malaysian immigration department raided and detained them late Thursday night. At that time they did not have legal documents to live in the country. This information was given in a report published on Friday by Free Malaysia Today.
Khairul Dajimi Dawood, director general of Malaysia’s immigration department, said 326 foreigners were detained in a raid on a shared house area in Jalan Eco Majestic 1/2C, Kazang. After checking the documents, 297 people were detained and the rest were released. The detainees were taken to the Simoniyah Immigration Depot for further investigation.
Khairul Dawood said the detainees did not have valid documents. Most of them are construction workers. However, there are some traders.
He said 96 Bangladeshis were among the detainees. In addition, there are 94 Indonesian men and 28 women. Of the rest, 66 are from Myanmar, one from Ghana and 13 from Vietnam.
Khairul Dajemi Dawood said that these migrants do not follow the health rules. He said their place of residence is densely populated. Moreover, the Housing and Employees Benefits Act was not complied with in the area.
Meanwhile, Khairul Dajemi said that the employers of the detained workers will be fined 50,000 ringgit for not following the law. The detainees will be kept at the Simoniyah Immigration Depot for 14 days for investigation.