PETALING JAYA - Immigration Department enforcement officers have been put on alert following incidents of illegal immigrants using firearms to avoid capture.
Previously, some illegals brandished knives and parang at enforcement officers who were flushing out unwanted foreigners under the operation codenamed Ops 6P Bersepadu, but now they have pistols.
The most recent incident was in Negri Sembilan last month, where a foreigner pulled out a pistol when confronted by enforcement officers during a raid at a construction site.
Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said it was a miracle that none of his men had been killed or seriously hurt during the nationwide operations.
The raids are mostly on the living quarters of foreign workers and entertainment outlets.
"These operations have become more dangerous because there is now an element of retaliation by the illegals," Alias said.
"Athough we know some illegals may be involved in crime in their countries and even here, we are still surprised to see firearms among the items we seize during raids on rumah kongsi and other premises."
In the Negri Sembilan incident, Alias said the illegal immigrant escaped after he threatened the enforcement team with the pistol.
"The other illegals ran away but this one pointed the weapon at my men at very close range.