KUCHING: Ninety illegal foreign workers were apprehended in an operation by the Immigration Department yesterday.
Codenamed Ops Bersepadu, 50 personnel, including those from Rela and Civil Defence Department, swooped on three construction sites in Jalan Pending here.
The illegal workers were aged between 20 and 40. Fifty were arrested at the first site while nine were roped in from the second.
Authorities later arrested 31 illegal workers at the third site.
Pending Immigration deputy assistant Ramli Mohd Saleh, said the workers had no permits.
“Some of them only have social passes and some don’t even have passports. Those with social passes are not supposed to work. They will be detained at Simunja Depo for further investigation.
“At the moment, we are investigating the case under the Immigration Act,” said Ramli.
The foreigners will be detained for 14 days.
Ramli said the operation would be ongoing and employers would have their statements taken.
Authorities also arrested two illegal workers at a coffee shop in Kota Samarahan on Wednesday.