BUKIT MERTAJAM, (Feb 16) — In the 24 days since the launch of a nationwide operation against illegal immigrants, a total of 18,785 immigrants had been checked in 603 integrated operations, said Immigration director-general Datuk Aloyah Mamat.
Between Jan 21 and last Friday, 4,660 illegal immigrants and 48 employers were arrested and 3,978 illegal immigrants were deported to their countries of origin, she said today after the second phase of an integrated operation last night and early today at the Taman Pelangi flats in Juru, here.
The places inspected during the period were places of accommodation, housing estates, houses, factories, shops, restaurants, massage parlours, entertainment centres and gambling dens, she said.
The integrated operation was launched on Jan 21 to arrest illegal immigrants who had failed to register under the special programme on the management of illegal immigrants and to trace employers of illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, Aloyah said that in the three-hour operation from 11.30 pm at Taman Pelangi, 428 foreigners were checked and 45 of them arrested.
These immigrants, comprising 26 from Indonesia, 10 from Myanmar, three each from Bangladesh and Nepal, two from India and one from Vietnam, had no valid travel documents or had overstayed in the country, she said.
They were brought to the Seberang Jaya Immigration office to have their particulars recorded and were sent to the Juru detention depot here, she added. — BERNAMA