PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has rounded up more than 1,200 illegal workers in the first three days of its Ops Mega 3.0 nationwide.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the arrests were made following the end of the rehiring programme which ended on June 30.
"We held 473 operations nationwide beginning July 1 and checked 5,038 foreigners.
"We detained 1,224 for further action," he told reporters following the department monthly assembly here on Tuesday (July 3).
He said they had already given ample warning before the rehiring programme ended.
"From Feb 15, a total of 744,942 illegal workers and 83,919 employers had registered for the rehiring programme.
"Of the total number of illegal workers who registered, 415,791 came forward to us for the 'whitening' exercise," he said, adding that they would not compromise on illegal workers and employers who flouted the law.
He said so far, legal action had been taken against 15 employers in the last three days of Ops Mega 3.0.
On the overcrowding of illegal workers at the Immigration Depots nationwide, Mustafar said his department would ensure investigations were completed within 14 days from their detention.
"The Government stands to save in administrative costs, which currently amounts to as much as RM25mil a month at these depots.
"It is better that this money be used for other purposes, such as education instead of bearing the costs of holding these illegal workers," he added.
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