PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): A total of 130 illegal immigrants, mostly from nations on the African continent, were nabbed in two raids in Kajang and Puchong Friday (June 15) night.
The raids by the Malaysian Immigration Department started at 10.30pm in Kajang following complaints from local residents who were not comfortable with the presence of foreigners who often created social problems.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that several officers were injured during the operation after wrestling with some illegals who refused to co-operate.
"Some jumped out through windows to escape while the immigration officers had to break down doors during the operation as the illegals refused to open them," he told reporters here Friday.
According to Khairul Dzaimee, 118 foreigners were investigated in the first raid at an apartment area and 90 were found not to have proper documentation.
The 90 were from Nigeria (78), the Philippines (six), Pakistan (one), India (one) and four children, aged one to three, whose nationalities were not disclosed.
"They were detained for various immigration offences including not having valid documents, overstaying and expired social visit passes," he said.
Khairul Dzaimee said some of the African nationals were busy surfing social media on their laptops using pseudonyms when they were busted.
In another operation by the department at an entertainment centre in Puchong, Khairul Dzaimee said 40 illegals from Sierra Leone (23), Nepal (eight), Tanzania (one), Guinea (three), Kenya (one), Myanmar (two) and Nigeria (two) were detained. - Bernama