Foreigners were involved in more than 9,000 criminal cases in the country between January and August this year. These included more than 160 murder cases, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Replying to Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang), he said the 167 murder cases involving foreigners represented 49 per cent of the 338 cases reported in the first eight months of this year.
In comparison, there were 216 murder cases involving foreigners throughout the whole of last year and 66 in 2012.
Of the over 9,000 criminal cases reported, more than 2,300 were serious crimes and more than 7,000 involved property.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said foregners contributed to the bulk of armed robbery cases over the same eight-month period.
They were involved in 108 cases, while 59 cases were committed by locals.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said measures were being taken to address the issue, including joint operations between the police and other enforcement agencies, as well as increasing patrols in areas where foreigners usually gathered.
Other measures, he added, included the setting up of more police beats, installation of CCTVs in specific locations and employing biometric thumbprints for all foreign workers here.