Immigration rounds up 84 in two raids

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 84 people have been detained by the Immigration Department in raids on a private party in Bukit Bintang and a foreigner enclave in Brickfields.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the raids were conducted on Saturday (Aug 6).

In the first operation, Immigration officers raided the private party, which was organised by a local.

"Most of the guests were from the African continent.

"We inspected 175 individuals and detained 25 people, including party workers, performers and guests," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 10).

Those detained were held for various offences including not having valid documents and expired visit passes, he said.

"The guests were charged RM150 each for the party and they were only informed of the location at the last minute to avoid detection.

"They were served with alcoholic beverages and the performances were eye-catching. Most of the foreigners had foreign student passes," he said.

In the second operation, Khairul Dzaimee said the department raided a foreigner settlement in Brickfields.

"We inspected 294 foreigners and detained 59 of them.

"Among the offences were overstaying and invalid passes," he said, adding that the detainees were taken to the Immigration office in Putrajaya.

"We will also be calling up the organiser and local employers to record their statements," he said.

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