12 PATI arrested at popular food premises in Ipoh

IPOH – The Perak Malaysian Immigration Department arrested 12 illegal immigrants in a raid at a food premises popular among tourists here today.

JIM Deputy Director, Sharmanrizal Rustam said the operation was carried out by 12 officers and members from 8:15am to 9:30am this morning at two premises, namely the restaurant and the workers’ dormitory on the top floor of the premises.

He said a total of 23 foreigners were examined in the operation. 12 PATIs were arrested for various offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Immigration Regulations 1963.

Those arrested are 11 Myanmar men and one Indonesian woman.

Among the offenses detected were not having valid entry documents, overstaying and violating the conditions of the pass,” he said in a statement today.

According to him, the investigation was carried out in accordance with Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, Section 15(1)(c) of the same act, Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963.

In addition, he said, cases were also investigated in accordance with the Anti Trafficking in Persons and Anti Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and the Passport Act 1966.

He said that an investigation was conducted against the employer and the owner of the business premises for allowing illegal immigrants to be in their premises and strict action could be taken if proven to have committed a related offence.

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