KUCHING: A total of 140 illegal immigrants have been rounded up in Kuching Division so far under the ongoing Ops 6P Bersepadu after 32 more were nabbed by the state Immigration Department.
The latest immigrants were picked up in two separate raids on a chicken farm at the old Kuching-Serian road and a vegetable farm at Mile 32, Kuching-Serian road early yesterday.
They were all Indonesians aged between 18 and 40.
The department’s chief enforcement officer Mohamad Zam Zami Marzuki said 38 foreign workers were inspected at the first location, out of whom two men and four women were detained.
He said three of them did not have passports while the other three had no valid work permits.
“The rest of the foreign workers were found to have proper documents, including work permits, so there is no issue with them. We hope employers will be serious in the matter of their foreign workers,” he told reporters during the operation.
In the second raid, Immigration officers inspected 48 foreign workers and arrested 26 of them for various offences, including not having valid documents and overstaying.
Zam Zami said the illegal immigrants were being held at the department’s depot while investigations were being carried out under Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act.
He added that a total of 971 foreign nationals had been inspected in 20 locations around this city since the nationwide crackdown was launched last Sunday.
“We will continue to hunt down illegal immigrants in accordance with the Government’s intention.”
Ops 6P Bersepadu is targeted at those who registered under the Illegal Immigrant Comprehensive Settlement Programme (6P) in 2011 but did not turn up for further processing, such as legalisation or voluntary deportation.