JOHOR BARU: Ninety nine foreigners were caught off guard in an operation by the state Immigration Department at a construction site in Kampung Bakar Batu, here.
Johor Immigration deputy head of enforcement Masri Adul said that the foreigners aged between one and 52 were detained during Ops Sapu at around 1.45am, recently.
“During the ops, 223 were checked and 99 foreigners were detained including 46 women, 48 men and five children.
“About 90 of them who were arrested involving those from Indonesia, Bangladesh and India,” he said.
Masri also said that those arrested have been taken to the Home Ministry Complex in Setia Tropika for further action and to assist with the investigation.
Masri added that during the operation, their department also confiscated about 159 carton of cigarettes which were suspected of being smuggled from neighbouring countries.
He also said that there is no untoward incidents that happened throughout the ops joined by Johor Baru City Council, Civil Defence Department, National Registration Department and People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) which ended at about 3am.
All arrested are being investigated under Section 6(1)(C) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) and Passport Act 1966 for not possessing valid travel documents and for allegedly holding genuine, altered or fake passports without lawful authority, respectively. – Photo courtesy of the DEPARTMENT of Immigration