Immigration never stops operations, Ruslin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department has never stopped operations or monitoring of the 220 concentration areas of illegal immigrants that have been detected throughout the country, Director General Datuk Ruslin Jusoh.

He said among those areas were Jalan Silang, Kompleks Kota Raya, Bukit Bintang and Masjid India. These areas were always on the department’s radar.

For example, our people call it ‘mini Dhaka’, here referring to a place often visited by foreigners from Bangladesh. Then ‘Little India’ is an area where most of the foreigners come from India.

There is also ‘Chinatown’, those who come from China. So this area is indeed a hot spot category and the community needs to understand that even if we (Immigration) hold for example more than 300 foreigners (during the operation), those without documents are less than 20 people, the others are all documented.

According to Ruslin, the community’s sentiment towards foreigners is that they are usually illegal immigrants, while some actually work in this country legally.

We don’t blame the public, when they make a complaint to Immigration, we go to check, operate and find that the majority of them (foreigners) have documents.

“They work here, they have passports, visit passes whether social or work, so this matter is a constant concern of the community because there are many ‘Little’, ‘Mini’ and so on. Therefore, we raid all the places,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ruslin said a total of 10,467 illegal immigrants were detained out of a total of 19,873 people examined by him for the period from Jan 1 to Feb 8.

He said all of them were arrested through 1,687 operations.

“This year’s repatriation involved 4,639 illegal immigrants, but these people also refer to the arrests last year,” he said, adding that a total of 75 employers were also arrested from Jan 1 to Feb 8 for employing illegal immigrants.

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