85 illegal foreigners arrested in immigration operation

KULAI: The Johor Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) arrested 85 illegal foreigners (PATI) in an operation against a factory near Senai, for working without a valid permit.

In Ops Mahir which was carried out at about 11am yesterday, a total of 328 foreigners and locals were checked.

The Director of Johor State Immigration, Baharuddin Tahir, said action was taken following public information regarding illegal aliens suspected of working without passes or permits at a factory located around Senai.

“In the operation, we arrested 69 Bangladeshi men, seven Indian men, four Sri Lankan men and two Myanmar men and two women.

“Those arrested are between 20 and 47 years old and a 42-year-old local woman who is believed to be protecting the foreigners involved was also arrested,” he said in a media statement today.

He said, those detained have 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; Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) for overstaying and Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963 which is in violation of the conditions of the passport set.

Meanwhile, he said, the local woman was detained under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for protecting illegal foreigners.

Meanwhile, in a separate raid immediately after the operation, Baharuddin said, his party arrested another 40 foreigners around Senai here, for the same offense after they were found working without a valid permit and overstaying in Malaysia.

According to him, the arrests were made in various operations namely Ops Selera, Ops Shopping, Ops Sapu and Ops Kutip which were carried out in premises around hot locations at about 3.50 pm.

At the same time, Baharuddin urged the public to come forward and channel information related to PATI in the state.

“We will continue to intensify enforcement efforts throughout the state, especially in hot spots to combat the issue of the influx of illegal aliens who are increasingly controlling certain areas.

“Strict action will be imposed against PATIs who violate the law as well as employers and premises owners who employ foreign workers without valid travel documents and passports or work permits,” he said.

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