BUTTERWORTH: The Penang Immigration department detained 28 foreigners said to be working illegally during a five-day carnival at the SP Arena in Seberang Jaya.
Acting on a tip-off, its director Muhamad Husni Mahmud said the men were picked up at the Wonders Indian Shopping Carnival 2019, which ended yesterday.
He said 15 Indian nationals, 11 Pakistanis, one Bangladeshi and one Yemeni were rounded up in the Ops Belanja raid yesterday.
“Those detained have been brought to our depot in Juru for further investigations.
“The traders claimed they did not employ the foreigners and that they were there to shop or see their friends. But we did not buy into that after days of surveillance at the site,” Muhamad Husni told reporters at the scene yesterday.
He said 13 men were held for abuse of social visit passes under Section 39(b) Immigration Regulations 1963, while another 15 men were picked up for not having valid travel documents under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1956/63 (Act 155).
He said 45 personnel from the enforcement division were involved in the operation and that the event organiser and several employers would be called up for questioning.