Foreign beggars earn RM10,000 a month

ISKANDAR PUTERI – The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) Johor arrested seven foreign beggars in Operation Bersama around the Gelang Patah night market, on Tuesday.

Its director, Baharuddin Tahir said, the operation at 6.30pm was carried out by the agency’s Enforcement Division together with the Johor Bahru District Social Welfare Department (JKM) and the Johor State Department of Islamic Religion.

“Action was taken following a public complaint regarding the activities and existence of beggars and donations from foreigners at the night market.

The arrested beggars consist of those with disabilities.

“The foreign donation collectors were arrested using the pretext of funding tahfiz schools or religious institutions to gain sympathy. While the beggars who were arrested consisted of those with disabilities.

“Their arrest proves that there are among them who earn up to RM300 a day or RM10,000 a month,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The foreign fundraiser was arrested using the pretext of funding tahfiz schools or religious institutions to gain sympathy.

According to him, all those detained are Cambodian, Thai and Indonesian nationals aged between 34 and 63 years old.

“Those who were detained consisted of three Cambodian men and two Thai men. In addition, an Indonesian man and woman were also detained when the Immigration officers inspected the stalls,” he said.

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