Errant PR holders warned


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Nov 2006

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has warned those with permanent resident status that their status can be revoked if they are found to be involved in bringing in illegal immigrants. 

The act has been described by the department’s enforcement director, Datuk Ishak Mohamed, as detrimental to the country’s security and public safety. 

“This year alone the department has discovered five cases of permanent residents involved in bringing in illegal immigrants,” he told a press conference here yesterday. 

His warning came following the arrest yesterday of a 36-year-old Bangladeshi with PR status alleged to have brought in illegal immigrants over the last few years. 

The Bangladeshi, known as “Ronie”, was arrested at a luxury condominium in Gombak. Immigration officers also seized several passports belonging to other Bangladeshis.  

“I am confident he is one of the main people involved in a syndicate bringing in Bangladeshis illegally. We are now tracing the owners of the passports.” 

Ishak believed the man could live luxuriously because he charged between RM12,000 and RM18,000 to smuggle a Bangladeshi into the country.  

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