KUALA LUMPUR: Barely a week into her new post, newly appointed Immigration director-general Datuk Aloyah Mamat has conducted her first operation under a nationwide crackdown against illegal immigrants.
Aloyah, the first woman appointed as director-general of the Immigration Department, was present during the operations at GM Plaza in Chow Kit here yesterday.
It was part of the Ops Bersepadu 6P nationwide crackdown.
During the operation, 200 illegal immigrants aged between 20 and 40 were arrested for various offences.
Aloyah said most of their offences were about not possessing identification documents, having fake travel documents or overstaying.
“They will be placed in our detention depot for further investigation,” she told reporters during the operation.
She also noted that most of the foreigners were from Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand and Myanmar.
Aloyah said since the beginning of Ops Bersepadu 6P on Jan 21, 438 operations involving 5,600 officers were carried out across the country with 16,000 foreigners screened and 3,550 arrested.
“The number of foreigners arrested from each country so far are 1,400 from Indonesia, 537 from Myanmar, 451 from Bangladesh, 264 from Philippines and 239 from Nepal,” she said.
Aloyah said that 30 employers were also arrested with 22 of them Malaysians, four Indonesians, three Bangladeshis and one from Nepal.
They were suspected of hiring or protecting illegal immigrants.