Over 5,000 nabbed in immigration operation against illegal workers

PUTRAJAYA, 27 July 2017:

A total of 5,173 people were detained by the Immigration Department of Malaysia until Tuesday in Ops Mega, which has been carried out non-stop since July 1 to track down employers and illegal immigrants who refuse to register in the E- Kad programme.

Director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said from July 1, immigration staff had conducted 1,272 enforcement operations nationwide.

“A total of 17,955 people have been checked and the result is 5,065 illegals from various countries had been nabbed on various immigration offences.

“In addition, 108 employers were also arrested and 367 were given notice to give their statements during this period,” he said in a statement.

Of the total number nabbed, Bangladeshis recorded the highest number at 1,520, followed by Indonesians (1,476), Myanmars (429), Vietnamese (285), Thais (206), Filipinos (261) and the rest from other countries, he said.

Mustafar said the department had taken proactive steps by holding meetings and discussions with embassies including those from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal.

“The initiatives were taken to clarify the efforts undertaken, as well as the steps that employers and employees have to take after the expiry of the E-Kad registration period.

“This also includes the issuance of travel document by the embassy concerned and the completion of the rehiring process.”

For employers who failed to register their migrant workers, immigration urged them to send back these migrant workers through the Voluntary Deportation Programme (3+1 Programme) to avoid the risk of legal action including prosecution, he said.

From January to July 25 this year, he said 125,061 illegals returned to their home country through the 3 + 1 Programme.

– Bernama

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