ALOR SETAR: A total of 98 illegal immigrants including a three-month-old boy were detained in separate operations by the Kedah Immigration Department for various offences.
Its director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said the foreigners, aged between 17 and 60, were from Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Laos and Thailand.
“Ninety-four of them were picked up during Ops Sapu and Ops Sayang in Langkawi while four others were nabbed at eateries in Sungai Petani and Kuala Ketil.
“On Oct 7, we raided a construction site in Padang Matsirat, Kedawang where most of them were working there.
“The next day, we carried out another raid at a two-storey entertainment outlet in Jalan Mahsuri, Pusat Mas and nabbed two men and 24 women,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohamad Yusri said they found the toddler during an operation at Kampung Kubang Badak in Air Hangat last Friday.
“In Air Hangat, we also rounded up 44 foreigners and seized a Proton Wira,” he said, adding that they also picked up two local men in Langkawi and Sungai Petani.
Mohamad Yusri said the busts in Langkawi were part of their commitment in combating illegal immigrants in Kedah.
All the illegal immigrants who did not possess valid travel documents, have been placed at the detention centre in Belantik, Sik.
In George Town, three Indonesian women said to be involved in vice activities and a 47-year-old pimp were apprehended in a raid at a hotel in Kampung Deli, off Lorong Macalister.
The women, aged between 27 and 39, were arrested at the hotel during the 12.40am raid yesterday.
The anti-vice police team also detained two men, aged 19 and 20, believed to be customers during the operation codenamed Ops Noda.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police seized a logbook containing records of the women’s earnings, two bottles of lubricant, eight condoms and RM50.
In a separate swoop on the same day, the same team stormed into an entertainment outlet in Jalan Krian and picked up four Vietnamese women for allegedly violating their social visit passes and working as guest relations officers.
A 32-year-old man believed to be the caretaker was also arrested.
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