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Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 7:43:37 AM
by shaun ho
SUBANG: Seventeen foreigners working as security guards were detained in a joint operation by the Immigration Department, the National Registration Department and the Home Ministry.
The men were detained at two separate locations yesterday – a hypermarket in Shah Alam and a mall in Subang after they failed to produce identification documents.
Putrajaya Immigration Department assistant director Izzat Mohd Jamil said two Malaysian supervisors were also detained.
“We suspect the foreigners, who claimed they were from Nepal, were employed without proper work permits,” Izzat said.
Under current regulations, jobs in the security sector are only open to locals and Nepalese.
Izzat added that the Malaysians and their employers could be investigated for harbouring and employing illegal workers.
The foreigners could be held by the Immigration Department for up to 14 days to facilitate investigations, and would be released once it was determined that their work permits were in order.
Izzat said that this was the second week of operations since an armed guard at a bank shot and killed its 37-year-old operations manager Norazita Abu Talib.
“Last week, we detained 16 foreign guards in Kuala Lumpur. They are still being investigated,” he added.
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