KUALA LUMPUR - Over 200 immigrants were arrested in a massive dragnet that saw police, KL City Hall (DBKL) and the Immigration Department stopping more than a thousand foreigners on the streets of the city centre.
Of the 1,198 foreigners picked up in the Golden Triangle area here Sunday, 215 of them were found to have flouted Immigration laws while the rest were released later.
The massive crackdown, said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah, was in response to an outpouring of complaints from the public of an oversaturation og illegal immigrants around the city centre.
"Locals have expressed fear of safety with the large number of foreigners around.
"The joint ops was to try and restore confidence in the locals of their safety in these public areas," said ACP Zainol Sunday.
He said 162 police officers, along with 17 DBKL officers and 13 Immigration reps took part in the raids, which swept through Kota Raya, Jalan Tun H.S Lee, Jalan Yap Ah Loy, Jalan Silang, Central Market, Masjid Jamek, Cahaya Suria and the Mydin in Jalan Tan Siew Sin.
Officers were seen pulling random foreigners off the street, demanding for their identification.
A total of 1,198 people, including 55 women were hauled away.
The operation began at 11am and ended at 3pm Sunday.
"We later released 983 of them after confirming their documentation with Immigration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
"We found that 215 were here illegally," he said.
Of the number, 120 of those arrested were from Nepal, while 60 were from Myanmar and the rest from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and India.