134 illegal foreigners were arrested in immigration operation

MELAKA – A Bangladeshi man was only wearing underwear and hiding in a closet when he was caught by the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) at a foreign worker settlement here last night.

State immigration director Anirwan Fauzee Mohd Aini said the 25-year-old man was among 134 foreigners arrested in nine separate raids in Kelemak and Taman Desa Bertam.

State Immigration Director Anirwan Fauzee Mohd Aini said that all of them aged between 25 and 48 consisted of 101 Bangladeshi men, 25 Indonesian men and two women, Nepali (1) and Myanmar (6). All those detained, committed an offense under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155)/Immigration Regulations 1963 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

“During the raid, there were foreigners in the crowded and dirty settlement trying to escape, including a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man hiding in the cracks of wood and cupboards.

“However, his efforts in only wearing underwear failed when he was successfully arrested by law enforcement officers,” he said in a statement today.

Anirwan Fauzee added that the raid was carried out after he received a complaint that caused a sense of insecurity and disturbed the comfort of the local residents.

“Among the offenses committed are not having any identity documents, overstaying, having a forged passport and other offences.

“All those arrested will be sent to the Machap Umboo Immigration Depot and JIM will track the employers who employ or protect these foreigners for further action,” he said.

He added that a total of six summonses have also been issued to witnesses to appear at the office to assist in the investigation.

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