PETALING JAYA: Illegal foreign workers are all over the country, especially in housing areas, including the residences of the elite group.
This is because high-end housing areas will employ security guards, most of them foreigners, to monitor and patrol the neighbourhood.
Selangor Immigration Department director Mohamad Shukri Nawi said his officers conducted a joint operation with the Home Ministry to check on foreigners working as security guards.
The operation was carried out at five premises around Petaling Jaya and Batu Caves on Wednesday.
Out of the 24 individuals screened, eight were found to be foreigners and working illegally. They comprised four Nepalese, three Indians and a Myanmar national.
Mohamad Shukri said the operation was focused on hot spots, gated and guarded communities, including apartments and condominiums.
“We will conduct operations from time to time through our own intelligence, information and complaints from the public.
“Even high-end housing areas will be checked because there are foreigners who work as security guards.
“Among the offences committed by them include not having proper documents, misuse of social visit passes, no valid work permit or one that has expired, as well as falsification of documents,” he said.
The cases are being investigated under Section 6(1)(c), Section 15(1)(c) and Section 56(1)(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963, as well as Rule 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963.
On Thursday, The Star reported that living in gated and guarded communities may not ensure safety and security.
Six houses belonging to residents of USJ Heights in Subang Jaya were broken into in a span of five months.
When asked on the matter, Mohamad Shukri said police would investigate criminal cases while Immigration would monitor illegal foreign workers to see if any immigration offences were committed, especially in housing areas.
“We also act based on reports and complaints from the local community. If they suspect something is amiss among the security guards in their areas, they can always lodge a report.
“Residents should provide us with accurate information, especially their housing address, so we can act promptly,” he said, adding that only Nepalese were legally allowed to work as foreign security guards in the country.