27 foreign nationals were detained in Op Gegar

KUCHING, Feb 17: The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) Sarawak arrested a total of 27 foreigners who were working without valid permits. The arrests were made in a raid at an entertainment premises here in Op Gegar last night.

The director of Sarawak Immigration, Abdul Halim Abang Naili, said that all those detained were two Vietnamese women, 17 Chinese women, and one woman and seven Indonesian men.

He said, the operation which started at 9.45pm and ended an hour later involved 52 members of the Enforcement Division of the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) Sarawak.

“This operation was planned after we received intelligence information, where there are foreign nationals who are suspected of working without valid work permits, abusing visit passes and overstaying in Malaysia without valid travel documents.

“So the foreign nationals who were arrested tonight will be detained at Semuja Immigration Detention Depot for further investigation under the Immigration Act and Regulations 1959 amended 1963,” he said when met after Op Gegar last night.

Abdul Halim told such operations will continue to be implemented throughout Sarawak to curb the entry of foreigners without valid travel documents and work permits.

He said, for the period from January 1 to February 14 this year, a total of 117 operations were held and a total of 1,448 foreigners were examined.

“Out of that number, 493 were detained after being found to have committed various offenses under the Immigration Act. Also arrested were seven employers who were found to be employing foreigners without work permits,” he said.

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