Karaoke GROs caught hiding in secret passageway

MALACCA - Four women from China were nabbed while trying to escape through a secret passageway in a karaoke outlet in Melaka Raya.

State Immigration director Kamalludin Ismail said the women, part of a group of 11, were believed to be guest relations officers.

"The secret exit was through a hole in the wall of one of the 12 karaoke rooms on the upper floor," he said.

In Alor Setar, Kedah Immigration Department enforcement chief Nar Azaman Ibrahim said several illegal immigrants tried to escape arrest by hiding in the ceiling of their houses.

He said the foreigners were picked up at Puteri Jaya Hill Park and Lot 88, both in Sungai Petani, yesterday.

A total of 130 illegal immigrants, including 10 women, were arrested at two separate locations under Ops 6P Bersepadu.

In Johor Baru, the state Immigration Department (enforcement) assistant director Masri Adul said 127 illegal immigrants, including 23 children, were picked up from various locations.

Masri said all of them were sent to the Pekan Nenas immigration depot for investigation under Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act.

In Penang, Immigration DepartĀ­ment enforcement division head Basri Othman said all illegal settlements on the island and the mainland would be combed for foreigners.

"We will raid jetties, shopping complexes, business premises and other hideouts," he told Bernama.

In Perak, the operation would be conducted in areas such as construction sites, industrial estates and workers quarters.

State Immigration director Ahmed Syam Che Kub said that some 450 officers and staff members would be involved in the operation, adding that security at the two border checkpoints of Hutan Melintang and Pengkalan Hulu had been tightened.