Kedah Immigration Operations, several illegal foreigners areested

The Malaysian Immigration Department of the State of Kedah (JIMK) has raided 55 premises in the OPS SAPU conducted by Intelligence & Operations Unit of the Enforcement Division of JIM Kedah at Jalan MBI Desaku, Taman MBI Desaku 09400 Padang Serai, Kulim.

The raid was made based on 8 complaints received following an influx of foreigners who were disrupting public order and hygiene problems in the neighborhood. A total of 45 Immigration Officers are involved in this Operation and have inspected the area.

The results of the inspection found that only 1.3% of the 456 people, consisting of 3 male Chinese citizens, 1 male Nepalese, 1 male Bangladeshi and 1 female Vietnamese citizen failed to present any valid travel documents and were detained because they were believed to have violated the provisions under Sec.6 ( 1)(c) and Sec.15(1)(c) Immigration Act 1959/63.

The foreigners were arrested and placed at the Belantik Immigration Detention Depot, Sik Kedah for investigation and further action.

According to Mohd Ridzzuan Bin Mohd Zain, Kedah State Immigration Director, the influx of foreigners in the local area is due to the construction of factories in industrial areas, such as in Kulim High Tech Park (KHTP) and there are among those who work in Penang but still reside in Kulim.

In addition, these foreign workers are not provided accommodation and they have to stay in public housing areas. This has caused anxiety among the local population as to how the authorities, especially JIM, are managing this influx of foreigners.

Most of the international companies and factories have followed the rules set in hiring foreign workers and follow the guidelines of the Immigration Department of Malaysia and there are a few who do not follow the guidelines that have been set.

A proposal to address the problem of the influx of foreigners continuing to live in public housing areas, the private sector and factories need to create centralized labor quarters “Centralized Labor Quarters” (CLQ) which refers to housing provided centrally for workers in an industry or project area.

The proposed construction is a high-rise and semi-permanent house concept. This CLQ is the starting point in transforming the country’s construction industry towards higher quality, safety and productivity.

Construction companies in the country are encouraged to build their respective CLQ Centered Worker Settlements to ensure workers can enjoy standard facilities as set and the development of CLQs in Kulim and Bukit Kayu Hitam to ensure a more conducive life for industrial workers in the future.

This CLQ construction requirement is also in line with the eighth goals of sustainable development (SDGs) which is economic growth and good work.

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