20 Bangladeshis willing to ‘jump’ in dirty water

MELAKA: A total of 20 Bangladeshi men were willing to jump into a drain mixed with excrement just to avoid being arrested during the Ops Sapu at a foreign worker settlement in Taman Kota Laksamana here last night.

However, the Malaysian Immigration Department Melaka detained 11 illegal aliens (PATI) aged 25 to 35 in a raid around 11:25 that night.

JIM director, Anirwan Fauzee Mohd Aini said that the determined action of those who jumped into the five meter deep drain did not result in any injuries

We managed to re-arrest 11 PATIs while the remaining nine people were able to escape given the dark and dangerous environment for law enforcement to chase them.

“In the raid that ended at 3am, a total of 117 foreigners were checked and 90 of them had to be detained for various offences,” he said in a statement today.

According to Anirwan Fauzee, all arrested consisted of 75 Bangladeshi men, four Myanmar, Pakistani (1) men and two Indonesian women.

All of them committed offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155)/Immigration Regulations 1963 and the Anti Trafficking in Persons and Anti Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

“The raid was made as a result of a complaint related to the dumping of foreigners working at the construction site around Taman Kota Laksamana. “JIM Melaka also issued a summon to the witness who is the security officer at the premises,” he said.

In addition, Anirwan Fauzee said, employers of detained foreign workers will also be tracked down for further investigation and action.

“This enforcement operation will be carried out continuously focusing on hot locations that are the focus of foreigners.

“Strict action will be taken against any employer who employs foreign nationals other than those who try to protect them,” he said.

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