JIM Johor detained 65 illegal foreigners

JOHOR BAHRU: 65 foreigners were arrested in an operation around Johor as they were believed to be working and living in Malaysia without any valid passports or permits and overstaying in Malaysia.

A team of officers from Immigration Department’s Enforcement Division and officers from the Mersing Branch Enforcement Unit raided 28 premises. Raids involve 26 premises in Johor Bahru and 2 premises in Mersing. The operation was carried out on 12 February and 13 February 2024.

Action taken following a public complaint received stating that there are several foreign nationals living and working without a valid pass/permit at the premises. In the operation, a total of 147 foreigners and locals were checked and 65 of them were arrested.

All those arrested are 30 Bangladeshi men, 15 Indonesian men and 3 Indonesian women, 6 Indian men and 1 Indian woman, 5 Pakistani men, one Thai woman, one Cambodian woman, one Cambodian man, a Nepali man and a Yemeni man. Those arrested are between 20 to 49 years old.

All of them are believed to 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 Act Immigration 1959/63 (Act 155) for overstaying and Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963 for breaching the prescribed conditions of the pass.

A 41-year-old Bangladeshi national committed an offense under Section 55B for hiring one or more foreigners who do not have a valid passport. A total of 11 Notices to appear at the office were issued to individuals in the operation to assist the investigation.

The Malaysian Immigration Department will continue to intensify enforcement efforts throughout the state of Johor to combat the issue of the illegal aliens who are seen to be gaining control of certain areas. Strict action will be imposed against illegal aliens who violate the law as well as employers and premises owners who employ foreign workers without valid travel documents and work passes/permits.

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