Malaysia's immigration department has detained 213 migrant workers, including 172 Bangladeshis.
The workers were detained in a joint operation at a construction site at Wangsa Maju in Setapak, near Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.
Some 254 foreign workers were initially detained in the operation. After checking their documents, the authorities arrested 213 of them and freed rest of the workers.
The arrestees are accused of committing various crimes breaching the Immigration Act.
According to the Malaysian immigration department officials, undocumented foreign workers were living in the building in an unhealthy environment and they were not complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) hygiene protection to contain spread of coronavirus infection and had been living illegally without documents for a long time.
Among the detainees 172 are Bangladeshis, 20 Indonesians, 10 Pakistanis, six Vietnamese, three Indians and two Myanmar nationals. Among them three are women.