ALOR SETAR: The Kedah Immigration Department has rounded up 19 foreign workers from several raids in Langkawi.
Its director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said the foreigners aged between 20 and 52 were picked up at a foot reflexology centre, two car wash centres and an electrical appliances shop.
He said they first moved in the foot reflexology centre in Pantai Cenang where six Thai nationals, including four women, were nabbed during the operations which began at 3.15pm on Monday.
From there, they picked up another five Myanmar nationals, four Indonesians, three Bangladeshis and a Filipino during the operations codenamed Ops Sapu and Ops Minyak.
“Two of them were found in possession of faked UNHCR cards.
“Most of them could not produce valid travel documents.
“The four Indonesian men have overstayed in the country after their social visit passes had expired.
“The rest of the detainees were found to have violated the social visit pass,” he said when contacted.
Mohamed Yusri said three men and a woman, all locals aged between 39 and 59, would also be investigated under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amendment 2002) for harbouring foreigners who commit immigration offences.
All the detained foreign workers were sent to the state Immigration lockup located at the Internal Affairs building in Anak Bukit for further investigation.
He said they would be transferred to the Belantik Immigration Detention Depot in Sik once the investigation is completed.
The operations was led by assistant director Nar Azaman Ibrahim and assisted by 19 Immigration officers.
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