Illegal factory workers were arrested by Immigration

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Feb 19: The Malaysian Immigration Department detained 12 foreign workers during an inspection of a garment factory in Alma here today.

Ops Mahir started at about 10:30 am and involved the inspection of 130 workers, 61 men and 69 women aged between 20 and 40 years.

Director of JIM Penang, Nur Zulfa Ibrahim said, his party conducted inspections on 78 citizens of Myanmar, Bangladesh (27), Nepal (18), Indonesia (six) and one Chinese citizen.

12 of them, five men and seven women, were arrested for overstaying and not having valid travel documents.

“Therefore we hope that employers ensure that all employees have a valid passport to avoid being subjected to this kind of action,” he told reporters today.

He said, those arrested were then taken to the Seberang Jaya Immigration Office for the documentation process.

The case is investigated in accordance with Section 15(1)(c) and Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

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