Fraudulent information, employers and 27 foreign workers arrested

KUALA LUMPUR – On the pretext of amending information on passports, the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) Kuala Lumpur arrested an employer along with a group of foreign workers at the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) Complex on Jalan Duta.

Director General of JIM, Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said, a total of 27 Bangladeshi men accompanied by a woman were detained while attending the JIM office for fingerprint verification for the purpose of registration in the Workforce Recalibration 2.0 (RTK 2.0) program.

He said, the local woman who is a representative of the employer of a local company was arrested at 11 am.

“The results of the inspection using the MyIMMS Departmental System by the verification officer on duty found that there were amendments to the details of the old passport number and personal details in the passport on the biodata page of all the Bangladeshi citizens.

“A 39-year-old local woman has been detained and arrested because she is believed to have committed an offense under Section 56(1A)(a) of the Immigration Act 1959/63,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ruslin said, all Bangladeshi citizens between the ages of 24 and 46 were arrested because they were believed to have committed an offense under Section 56(1)(l), the same act, which is using or without valid authority to have an amended travel document or forged.

According to him, all those detained were then taken to the Intelligence and Operations Unit, Kuala Lumpur JIM Enforcement Division for examination.

He added that the local woman was detained under Section 51(5)(a), Immigration Act 1959/63 and handed over to the Investigation Unit of the Kuala Lumpur JIM Enforcement Division.

“While 27 undocumented immigrants (PATI) Bangladeshi citizenship were detained under Section 51(5)(b), Immigration Act 1959/63 and sent to the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot for investigation and further action.

In the meantime, Ruslin said, his party called on all employers who have registered PATI for the RTK 2.0 program to immediately attend the RTK 2.0 JIM Kuala Lumpur office to complete the verification process.

This is because, he said, it aims to enable the issuance of temporary work permits to be completed without waiting until the last minute, in addition to avoiding congestion.

He explained that, in line with the uncompromising security policy, his party would like to insist that all parties should work together to ensure that this country is not a place conducive to illegal immigrants and employers who employ or protect such groups.

He emphasized that the public is advised not to attempt to commit an offense under the Immigration Act 1959/63 as well as any other regulations or legislation.

“Any complaints regarding PATI around the capital, the public is urged to report to the Complaints Unit, Enforcement Division of JIM Kuala Lumpur or come directly to the office.

“They can also send an email to aduan_penguatkuasajimwpkl@imi.gov.my or make a phone call to 03-6205 7515,” he said.

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