PETALING JAYA: Eight Thai women have been detained by the Immigration Department following a raid at a karaoke centre at Kampar, Perak.
The women were believed to be guest relations officers (GROs) employed to attract potential customers to the outlet.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the raid was conducted at around 11pm two days after Valentine’s Day.
“The raid was conducted by our personnel from the Putrajaya Intelligence Division and Perak Immigration’s Quick Response Team.
“We checked a total of 20 individuals there and some attempted to escape through the backdoor during the raid but we managed to apprehend them as our personnel had already covered all the exits.
“We also detained a Malaysian believed to be the owner and supervisor of the premise,” he said in a statement Monday (Feb 18).
Khairul added that the offences being investigated included overstaying, no valid identification documents, and other violations under the Immigrations Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966, and Immigrations Regulations 1963.
He said that all detainees were handed over to the Perak Immigration Department for further action and added that between from January until Feb 15, a total of 1,999 enforcement operations have been conducted.
“During that period, 30,778 people were checked resulting in 6,985 illegals and 142 employers being arrested,” he said.
Khairul added that the department would investigate any complaint or information it receives on immigration violations.