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Published: Monday May 14, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013 MYT 11:47:04 AM

Dressed like locals but illegals can’t talk their way out of raid

JOHOR BARU: They are illegal foreign workers but they look and dressed just like locals.

However, Immigration officers were not duped because of their strong accent.

Fourteen of them, aged between 21 and 45, were nabbed in an operation at a supermarket in Pandan recently.

The officers had posed as customers and observed the workers promoting fish and chicken at the supermarket.

Immigration assistant director Mohamad Nasir Abas said identifying foreigners based on looks alone was tricky as many looked like locals.

“So, our officers posed as customers to identify the foreign workers before the supermarket was raided,” he said.

He said the officers had paid close attention as the workers as they spoke to promote pro­ducts at the supermarket.

“Once we had identified the workers involved, other officers quickly ambushed the group,” Nasir said, adding that some of the illegal workers had tried to evade arrest by hiding under vegetable racks at the supermarket.

Nasir said the officers had surrounded the area and none of the illegals from Indonesia and Bangladesh managed to escape.

They would be investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act for not possessing proper travel documents.

“They will also be investigated under Section 39B of the Immigration Act for abusing their travel documents and the Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act 2007,” he said.

The men are currently being held at the Immigration headquarters in Setia Tropika, after which they will be sent to the Pekan Nenas Immigration Detainment Centre in Pontian.

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