PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department has detained 39 foreign workers after an operation at seven vegetable and flower farms in Cameron Highlands Thursday (Sept 12).
The department's director-general Datuk Indera Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the operation, which was conducted together with the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission, started at around 4.30pm Thursday.
"A total of 24 personnel from the Putrajaya Immigration Department were involved in simultaneously raiding seven vegetable farms at Kuala Terla in Cameron Highlands.
"These farms were believed to be dominated by illegal foreign workers," he said in a statement Saturday (Sept 14).
He added that during the raids, they checked 59 foreigners before detaining 39 of them.
"We detained 17 Indian men, 12 men from Bangladesh, seven Myanmar men, two Nepalese men, and a Myanmar national suspected of working without a valid permit in the area.
"When we conducted the raid, several of these workers tried to flee, but we managed to block their escape," he said, adding that all the detainees were being investigated for not having identification documents, overstaying, and other offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Rules 1963.
He said all those detained were taken to the Lenggeng Immigration Detention Depot for further investigations and actions.
"Six employers were also given notices to come to the Immigration Department office to have their statements taken," he said.