31 foreign workers were arrested in a raid on food premises

KUANTAN: The Malaysian Immigration Department Pahang arrested 31 foreign workers during a raid on nine food premises around Raub, Bentong and Temerloh districts.

JIM director, Muhammad Hatta Kasim, said that in the raid conducted from 3:00pm to 9:25pm, a total of 55 foreigners and locals were checked throughout the operation.

According to him, the arrested foreign workers consisted of 11 Indonesians, Thai (10), Myanmar (three), Pakistan (two), Bangladesh (two), Nepal (two) and India (one).

“They were arrested for committing an offense under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 because they did not have any valid passports.

“Investigations are also carried out in accordance with Section 15(1)(c) of the same act for overstaying and Rule 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963 which is a violation of the conditions of the pass,” he said.

Muhammad Hatta said that all the detainees aged between 18 to 51 will be remanded for 14 days under Section 51(5)(b) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 at the Kemayan Immigration Detention Depot for further investigation.

“The employer involved has been given a notice to appear to assist the investigation for employing foreigners without valid documents,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, JIM Pahang asked for the cooperation of the public to come forward and channel information related to the presence of illegal aliens (PATI) in their respective localities.

The move is to help the authorities fight the issue of illegal immigration in the state.

“Strict legal action without compromise will be taken against PATI and any party that employs and provides protection to them,” he said.

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