KUALA LUMPUR: A raid by Immigration officers at a popular fashion mall in the city has led to the arrest of 43 illegal foreign workers.
The arrests were made on Friday under Ops Mega.
“The department inspected 132 people and 43 were found to be without valid permits,” said Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali in a statement here yesterday.
The employer, he said, was also served a summons.
Mustafar made it clear that employers had already been given enough time to register their workers without valid permits.
“Employers will face heavy punishment if they are found guilty.
“ This includes having their assets seized, accounts frozen and even whipping,” he said.
As of Friday, the department has conducted 595 operations nationwide under Ops Mega, during which 1,475 workers without permits were detained along with 28 employers.
As a whole, it has conducted 7,477 enforcement operations nationwide between Jan 1 and July 7.
A total of 585 employers have been detained within that time frame.
Indonesians topped the list of illegals arrested.