MALACCA: Fifty-seven illegal foreign workers, aged between 20 and 52, detained during an operation codenamed “Ops Ikrar” here.
The recent enforcement operation began at 10.30am and involved 39 personnel from the Malacca Immigration Department at a construction site in Jalan Melaka Raya, Banda Hilir.
Department’s deputy director Abu Bakar Sidek Hassan said during the operation, a total of 133 foreigners were checked for identity documents and work permits.
“Fifty-seven foreigners were detained for not having work permits and the inspection revealed that they were only using social visit pass to work at the construction site,” he said.
Those arrested comprised, 29 men from Bangladesh, 24 from China, three women from Indonesia and one woman from the Philippines.
“All foreign detainees are being investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63,” he added.
He also added that the employers found to have hired illegals could be charged under the Immigration Act 1959/1963 for four main offences: illegally bringing an immigrant into the country, hiring an illegal immigrant, allowing an illegal immigrant to reside at particular premises, and harbouring an illegal immigrant.
”These employers could also be charged under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Act 2007,” he added.