Kuala Lumpur: The police confirmed that a total of 1,101 illegal immigrants (Pati) were arrested in a concerted operation at ‘mini Dhaka’ in Jalan Silang here today.

 The operation started at 11am with the participation of 1,138 officers and members from the Department of Internal Security and Public Order (KDNKA) involving the Central Bridge of the General Operations Force (PGA), the Federal Reserve Force (FRU) and the Detection Dog Unit (K9).

 Several agencies are also involved, including the Ministry of Domestic Trade (KPDN), Royal Malaysian Customs, Immigration Department (JIM) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

 Kuala Lumpur Police Chief, Datuk Allaudeen Abdul Majid said, in the operation, they raided 60 premises around the road involved.

 According to him, the raid was the result of intelligence and information related to the influx of foreigners and criminal activities in the location involved.

 “Among those arrested were those who worked at the raided premises as well as foreigners who were near the location involved.

 “A total of 1,101 foreigners who failed to present valid identification documents were arrested. Two children were also arrested,” he said at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Center (Pulapol), here, today.

 In the meantime, Allaudeen said, his party also confiscated various contraband items estimated to be worth RM104,530.

 “Among the items confiscated were 100 cartons of cigarettes worth RM22,000, 80 cartons of alcohol (RM48,000) and medicines without the approval of the Ministry of Health (RM34,530).

 “The confiscated goods are made in accordance with Section 135 (1) (D) of the Customs Act 1967 and the Medicines Act 1956,” he said.

 He said, his party also left it to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to take appropriate action on the premises that lease the building to Pati if there is a violation in terms of the law.

 According to him, all arrests will be handed over to Immigration for further action according to Section 6 (3);  Section 6 (1) (c);  Section 15 (4);  Section 15 (1) (c) Immigration Act 1959 and Regulation 39 (b) Immigration Regulations 1963.

 He said that his party is serious about the issue of the influx of foreigners in addition to combating the leakage of subsidized goods.

 “We also do not rule out the possibility of doing this kind of operation in places where foreigners are concentrated.

 “Thus, the public is asked to pass on information regarding suspicious activities or the presence of Pati in their respective areas,” he said.

 Meanwhile, journalists who followed the operation found that the foreigners, mostly consisting of Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Myanmar nationals, failed to escape after the sudden encirclement was made.

 An inspection at one of the premises found that foreigners running a travel agency business were also offering private clinic services.

 Also found various types of medicines believed to be from Bangladesh without the approval of the Ministry of Health.  However, when the inspection was carried out, the premises involved were unoccupied.

 In fact, the raid also found the premises used as rental rooms in a scattered, dirty and disgusting condition believed to be inhabited by foreigners.

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