IPOH: A total of 40 Chinese nationals, including two women, were arrested in a raid by the Perak Immigration Department at a double-storey bungalow here Monday (Dec 9).
Its director, Kamalludin Ismail, said the raid was carried out between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at a house on Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, where the suspects aged between 18 and 54 were arrested.
He said they were believed to be involved in online activities, as a total of 80 mobile phones, 31 personal computers, seven Internet routers, credit cards, cash in various currencies, and one passport were found.
“We have been carrying out surveillance for the past four days prior to the raid, and none of the residents came out of the house, and no one went in.
“The bungalow had tight security with an intercom, and only those known to them were allowed in.
“My officers climbed over the wall, waited for an opportunity for someone to come out to the surrounding area, before we ambushed them, ” he told a press conference held at the department here.
Kamalludin said they did not have valid documents with them and misused their tourists’ pass, and thus they had broken the laws of staying in the country.
He said they would be sent to the Langkap Immigration detention centre for staying in the country without any legal permit under Section 6 (1) (C) of the Immigration Act.
“When we entered the bungalow, there was a full stock of food and supplies for at least a month.
“There were also used and unused condoms found, with each of the male keeping one unused condom with them.
“The 54-year-old woman is believed to be the chef, while the 24-year-old woman is believed to be involved in immoral activities, ” he added.
He said the department would liaise with other enforcement authorities if they were found to be involved in illegal activities.
“We believe that they have been carrying out online activities meant for the China market, and they have been staying in the rented bungalow for more than two weeks now.
“We are still looking for the mastermind, as only one passport was found, and the rest did not have any documents with them, ” he said.
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