BUKIT MERTAJAM (Bernama): Some hid in cupboards and under beds while others scaled windows and ceilings but they still failed to escape an Immigration Department dragnet at the flats in Taman Pelangi, Juru, and Taman Kebun Sireh here on Sunday (Dec 22).
Penang Immigration Department director Muhamad Husni Mahmud said 161 foreigners were checked in the house-to-house operation, which began around 10pm.
He said 29 people, aged between two months and 45 years, were arrested for not having valid travel documents.
"We conducted the operation following public complaints on the presence of an increasing number of foreigners in the two places. They did not seem to be deterred by several raids which were conducted in the past,” he said in a statement here on Monday (Dec 23).
He said the suspects comprised of 16 males and 13 females from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Muhammad Husni said most of the foreigners were working as factory workers and shop assistants, and were renting the premises for between RM1,200 and RM2,000 a month.- Bernama