32 foreigners working without permits, overstaying detention

JOHOR BAHRU – The Johor Immigration Department detained 32 foreigners in Ops Selera and Ops Sapu around the city. All arrested foreigners are believed to be working without valid permits and overstaying in the country.

Director JIM, Baharuddin Tahir said, all those arrested involved 12 men and three women from Myanmar, six men (Pakistan), two women and one girl (Indonesia), five men (India), one man (Vietnam) and one woman (Philippines) aged between two to 52 years.

A team of officers from the Enforcement Division raided several premises around the city from 3 pm to 11:30 pm.

“Action was taken following a public complaint received stating that there are some foreign nationals working without valid passports and permits and staying illegal in Malaysia,” he said.

All those who were arrested committed an offense under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) for not having any valid passport or permit to be in Malaysia and Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/ 63 (Act 155) for overstaying.

An Indian man is believed to have committed an offense under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) for hiring illegal immigrants.

Nine individuals were also given a notice to appear at the office to assist in the investigation.

JIM Negeri Johor is asking the public to come forward and channel information related to illegal immigrants (PATI) in the state.

Strict action without compromise will be imposed against PATIs who violate the law, including employers and owners of premises employing foreign workers without travel documents, valid passports and permits.

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