8 Chinese nationals among 28 Pati arrested at an iron ore mining site

Kuala Terengganu: Eight Chinese nationals among 28 illegal immigrants (pati) were arrested in a special operation by the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) in the area of the iron ore mining site in Kemaman, yesterday.

Terengganu Immigration Director Azhar Abd Hamid said the investigation found that the eight Chinese nationals had entered the country using social visit passes and had been working at an iron ore mining site for the past few months.

He said, the Chinese citizens were arrested according to Rule 39 (b), Immigration Regulations 1963 for misusing a visit pass to work.

The special operation started at about 6 am and was conducted as a result of public information and intelligence.

“In addition to the Chinese involved, 15 Indonesian nationals, three Bangladeshi nationals and one each from Pakistan and Myanmar were also arrested,” he told the media yesterday.

He said, four employers were called to testify because they were found guilty of employing Pati and will be charged according to Section 56 (1) (d) of the Immigration Act 1963.

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