PETALING JAYA: Eight Thai women and a Malaysian woman were among 20 people arrested by the Immigration Department during a raid at an entertainment outlet in Kampar, Perak.
The raid, which occurred on Sunday (Feb 16) at about 11pm, saw several of them attempted to exit through the backdoor of the premises, but failed as the Immigration enforcement officers were guarding it before the raid.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Indera Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that based on initial investigation, eight of the 20 people are Thai nationals who worked as guest relation officers (GROs) in the outlet.
“The GROs were there to attract customers, and they would accompany clients to drink and get RM50 tips for their services,” he said.
A Malaysian woman, believed to be the owner and supervisor of the premises, was also arrested to assist in investigations.
Among the offences committed by the Thai nationals include not having any identification documents and overstaying in the country, which are offences related to the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966, and Immigration Regulations 1963.
“All those arrested were handed over to the Perak Immigration Department Enforcement division for investigation and further action,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 21).
Indera Khairul added that between Jan 1 and Feb 15 this year, there were as many as 1,999 enforcement operations carried out nationwide.
“During this period, some 30,778 people were inspected, and 6,985 illegal immigrants and 142 employers were arrested.
“The Immigration Department is always concern of complaints and information from the public, and it would not compromise on foreigners living here illegally, abusing their passes, or carrying out immoral activities in the country,” he said.
Indera Khairul added that the department is committed to combat illegal immigrants to reduce crime in the country.