205 foreigners detained in joint operation at Pudu apartment

The joint operation was conducted following complaints of overcrowding at an apartment in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

The Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department nabbed 205 foreigners in an operation in Pudu.

Department director Hamidi Adam said the raid was conducted at 11.30pm following complaints from local residents that many foreigners were living in crowded conditions in several blocks of an apartment complex.

The operation was conducted by 92 officers and personnel of the department with the cooperation of seven Labour Department officers as well as 18 Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement personnel.

“A total of 425 foreigners living in the apartment were inspected and from the number, 203

men and two women were picked up for overstaying and not possessing any employment documents.

“The detentions were made under Section 15(1)(c) and Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/ 63 (Act 155), ” he told reporters after the operation at Ixora Apartment.

Hamidi said those held were aged between 20 and 49 and comprised nationals from Bangladesh, Indonesia Myanmar and Nepal, with most of them working at construction sites around the area.

Meanwhile, on the complaints of residents, Hamidi said their investigations found most of the foreign workers were living in comfortable conditions with only two to three persons to a room and not as crowded as reported.

He said all detained foreigners were later brought to the Immigration Department in the Home Ministry complex for further action. — Bernama

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