JOHOR BARU - Scores of sleeping foreign workers were rudely awakened by enforcement teams searching for illegal immigrants at Taman Daya here.
Many of them, from Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, ran out of their workers' quarters, which housed about 200 people, and tried to hide in nearby bushes and ditches during the raid at 2am yesterday.
However, the officers from the state Immigration Department, Rela, the National Anti-Drug Agency, the Civil Defence Department and the National Registration Department had already surrounded the area and managed to catch them later.
The officers arrested 69 of the foreign workers for not having valid identification documents.
"The raid was done following a tip-off about the presence of illegal immigrants," said state Immigration Department 6P Operations head and enforcement assistant director Masri Adul.
In a separate raid at 2.30am, another group of enforcement officers raided a foreign workers' quarters at the Nusa Bayu construction site in Gelang Patah.
A total of 687 Indonesian, Nepalese, Myanmarese, Bangladeshi and Pakistani workers were screened and 35 of them were picked up for not having valid documents.
The Immigration Department's deputy assistant senior director for south zone Anuar Zainal said the 130 enforcement officers had to chase some of the foreigners, who tried to hide in the nearby undergrowth.
He said those detained, aged between 18 and 50, were later taken to the Pekan Nenas Immigration Depot for investigations under the Immigration Act for failing to produce valid travel documents and overstaying.