971 illegals nabbed in raids across Malaysia

971 illegals nabbed in raids across Malaysia
Night-time crackdown: Foreigners being checked by Immigration officers following a raid at a construction site at Cyberjaya.
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CYBERJAYA - The Immigration Department has launched a series of raids nationwide, leading to the arrest of 971 foreigners.

Its director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said the operations were conducted between 11pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.

"A total of 2,182 foreigners were checked. We arrested 971 illegals from various nationalities," he said, while urging anyone with information on similar cases to come forward to the nearest Immigration Department office.

Among the offences detected were not having any identification documents, overstaying, falsified documents, and UNHCR card holders who were not recognised.

Meanwhile, deputy director-general (regulation) Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah said that more than 60,000 illegals last year were caught while this year, 7,002 were detained.

"Between Jan 1 and Feb 18, we launched 1,452 operations nationwide under our new theme, Operasi Hari-Hari where we checked 25,549 foreigners.

"We caught 2,282 Indonesians, 1,545 Bangladeshis, 1,096 Philippine nationals, 701 Myanmar nationals, 298 Thais, 261 Vietnamese and 259 from other countries," he told re­­­porters during a raid at a construction site here yesterday.

He said they also caught 133 employers and two agents for va­­rious offences.

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