Some 200 illegal immigrants detained in PJ Old Town


PETALING JAYA: About 200 illegal immigrants were rounded up during an operation inside the enhanced movement control order (MCO) areas within Petaling Jaya Old Town.

Those detained were mostly Indonesians, Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, said Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

Parts of Petaling Jaya Old Town have been placed under enhanced MCO since May 10 after 26 Covid-19 cases were found there.

Trucks were seen entering the guarded area yesterday morning.

Enforcement officers, covered in personal protective equipment, inspected foreigners there to ensure their papers were in order.

Khairul Dzaimee said the welfare of the detainees would be taken care of, such as providing them with meals and medication.

He also said that previous detainees brought from enhanced MCO areas were quarantined and checked by the Health Ministry.

“They are confirmed negative of Covid-19. No risk for them to be brought to our depots, ” he said.

He also said that previous raids within enhanced MCO areas had led to 1,763 undocumented foreigners being rounded up.

There had been similar raids in the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market on May 11.

Earlier this month, the Immigration Department had done checks on undocumented migrants at Selangor Mansion, Menara City One and Malayan Mansion.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the enhanced MCO in Petaling Jaya Old Town will be lifted at 12.01am today, two days ahead of schedule.

“All residents were screened with only one case detected. I would like to thank the community for being supportive and patient, ” he said.

Pasar Besar Jalan Othman or PJ Old Town wet market and surrounding neighbourhoods were placed under enhanced MCO on May 10 following the detection of 26 infections there.

The area is estimated to have 2,900 residents.

On April 27, the market was closed for disinfection after a 51-year-old trader was tested positive for the disease. He is said to be linked to the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market cluster.

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