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75 Bangladeshi migrant workers held in Malaysia

  • The officers detained around 90 people and 75 of them are Bangladeshis
  • Detainees did not possess valid documents

Update : 23 Feb 2024, 05:39 PM

At least 75 undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers have been detained by Malaysian immigration officers.

The officers detained around 90 people on Thursday and 75 of them are Bangladeshis, reports Malay Mail.

Melaka Immigration Department director Anirwan Fauzee Mohd Aini said the workers were detained during a three-hour operation that started at 12am, local time. Those detained included 75 from Bangladesh, four from Myanmar, 10 from Indonesia and one Pakistan national aged between 25 and 40.

Anirwan said the enforcement operation was carried out following complaints from members of the public that the construction site in Taman Kota Laksamana was flooded with foreigners, mostly undocumented migrants.

“Overall, we screened 117 foreigners and found 90 without proper documentation, expired work permits, overstaying and several other offences,” he said in a statement.

“During the operation, some of the illegal immigrants had jumped into a five-metre-deep monsoon drain to avoid being arrested. Some were apprehended while some managed to escape because the area was very dark and the site was dangerous,” he added.

“The Melaka Immigration Department will continue to carry out enforcement operations at hotspots where illegal immigrants have been spotted,” the official said.

Anirwan said stern action would be taken against employers or companies that employ undocumented migrants to work in their premises or factories without work permits, valid travel documents, or those who try to harbour undocumented migrants at their premises.

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