The Immigration Department of Malaysia arrested 156 expatriates, including 62 are Bangladeshis, from a construction site in Cyberjaya city in the country during an operation on Sunday night.
Malaysian newspaper Malay Mail published a report in this regard quoting the country’s Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.According to the report, the integrated operation was conducted at 11pm on Sunday night when some 202 immigrants from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and India, including 12 women and two children, were checked.
Of the arrested, 62 are Bangladeshis, 42 Indonesians, 29 Myanmar nationals, 20 from Nepalese, one Pakistani and one Indian.
They were detained for not having valid travel and identification documents and they were taken to the Immigration Department’s screening centre in Putrajaya for further action, said Khairul Dzaimee. He said the raid on the settlement that has access to water supply and electricity through illegal connections, was carried out in collaboration with several law enforcement agencies including the police, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force and the National Registration Department, after three months of intelligence.
“This illegal settlement has the potential of spreading Covid-19 infections as it fails to comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures under the movement control order (MCO),” Immigration Department director-general said while briefing reporters after the operation.
When asked he denied allegations that the Immigration Department only took action against illegal immigrants, but not against their employers.