Johor Baru authorities have rounded up prostitutes, transvestites, drug addicts, loiterers and illegal immigrants since Ops Sikap started in March.
Johor Baru Mayor Datuk Wahid Dahlan said the operation would continue until the city was considered relatively safe and clean of social problems.
Since the launch of Ops Sikap, we've arrested 162 loiterers, 87 drug addicts, 54 transvestites, 46 prostitutes, 31 illegal immigrants and 62 others, bringing the total to 442, he said at the local authority full council meeting recently.
He said the operation was conducted with the help of police, Immigration, Customs, State Religious Department, Welfare Department and National Drug Agency.
Wahid said he hoped the public would co-operate to make the city a better place to live in by providing information on illegal activities.
On a separate matter, Wahid said that 40 factories were found operating illegally in Kempas.
He said that 37 of the factories had been fined and three were no longer in operation or had moved.
He said that authorities had taken 28 illegal factory operators to court while notices had been served on 12 illegal factories for repeated offences.
He added that offenders could be fined up to RM500,000 or face two years jail or both under Section 26 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976.