79 foreigners detained in anti-immigration operation in Malaysia
| In an anti-immigration operation, 79 foreigners and seven locals have
been arrested in Malaysia's Langkawi. The detained included six Thai women at a
massage parlour working without a permit. |
LANGKAWI: The Immigration Department last night rounded up 79 foreigners and
seven locals here. In an attempt to sabotage the anti-immigration operation,
the tyres of a vehicle used by Kedah Immigration assistant director Nar Azaman
Ibrahim was punctured. Nar Azaman, who led the operation, said the operation
was conducted since last Sunday following weeks of surveillance, according to
Bernama news agency.
He said, "The tyres of the car which I use in the operation were punctured by some
quarters tonight to hamper our efforts."
The tyres were punctured when the Immigration team was conducting a raid at a
massage parlour where six Thai women were detained for working without a valid
The other immigrants detained in various locations since Sunday included those
from Algeria, Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines.
The locals were detained for harbouring the immigrants.
According to the police, a large number of illegal immigrants enter the country by
land disguised as tourists. They are also disguised as ordinary folks while dealing
with the Immigration Department.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has given Sabah the
mandate to come up with a solution to address the illegal immigrant issue in the
state. In a new measure, Malaysia's Human Resource Ministry kicked off the
annual ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labor last week by highlighting a new recruitment
system for the nation's approximately four million foreign workers.
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