KUCHING: The Sarawak Immigration Department has carried out a surprise raid at a construction site along Jalan Semariang here, apprehending 17 foreigners.
In a statement yesterday, the department said the raid was conducted on Wednesday afternoon, involving more than 30 officers.
Without disclosing identifying details pending an investigation, the department said the site raided was along Jalan Semariang, which is about 20 minutes from the city centre, and within the Kuching Town Land District.
It also said the site was a two-and-half storey commercial complex in the midst of heavy construction.
“More than 100 labourers were checked for their documents. Enforcers took the details of 41 local workers, 56 Indonesians and one Myanmar national. Following checks, 17 foreigners were apprehended. Sixteen were Indonesians, plus one who was the Myanmar national,” said the statement.
Four Indonesians were detained for misusing their social visit passes, while nine Indonesians and the Myanmar national were apprehended for overstaying. “Another three Indonesians are being held because they failed to produce any documentation,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the department said the Sibu Sessions Court had sentenced an Indonesian to three months jail for using fake documents. He was caught at an eatery in Sarikei.