Media statement by Immigration department of Malaysia

 A foreign man decided to jump into the river in front of Kg.  Morten with the intention of escaping when the hawker’s premises sell food around the coast of Sg.  Melaka was raided by Immigration Enforcement.  The suspect was arrested after crossing the river.  

The incident occurred when the Malaysian Immigration Department of the State of Melaka raided stalls selling food on the banks of Sg.  Melaka through “Ops Selera” which was conducted yesterday, starting from 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm.  This enforcement operation is based on complaints received regarding foreigners working to sell food around Sg.  Malacca.

 In the enforcement operation against illegal immigrants (PATI) carried out yesterday around the city of Melaka, a total of 70 foreigners were checked and as a result of the check a total of 36 foreigners were arrested consisting of 7 men and 1 woman from Myanmar, 12 men and 4  Indonesian women, 5 Sri Lankan men and 7 Bangladeshi men for being suspected of having committed an offense by working without a valid work pass/permit and having violated the conditions of the issued pass/permit.  

All those arrested are between 25 and 40 years old.  A total of 11 Summons to Witnesses have been issued to employers to appear to assist the investigation.  A total of 10 premises were inspected yesterday, including a golf club, a car wash, a vegetable garden and several foreigner settlements.

 This enforcement operation will be carried out continuously focusing on ‘hot’ locations that are the focus of foreigners in addition to strict actions that will be taken against employers who employ PATIs and also those who try to protect PATIs.  Among the detected offenses are under Sec.  6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 ie not having any valid travel documents and Per.  39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963 which is to have violated the conditions of a visit pass or work permit by working illegally.

 JIM greatly appreciates the information that has been provided by the public on the whereabouts of PATI and further gives a stern warning to business permit owners who employ foreign workers illegally. Strict action without compromise will be imposed on premises owners and employers who employ foreigners without travel documents and passports.  / valid work permit and intentionally provide protection to foreigners who have violated the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155).

Immigration Department of Malaysia


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