Immigration Dept raids two Thai food festivals in Melaka

MELAKA: Immigration officers raided two ongoing Thailand food festivals here and detained 44 foreigners.

Melaka Immigration Department director Anirwan Fauzee Mohd Aini said the festivals were held at two separate locations and had employed undocumented migrants as waiters and waitresses.

"The organisers were also found to have no permits from relevant authorities to hold the festivals at Batu Berendam and Ayer Keroh," he said on Saturday (Oct 29).

Anirwan Fauzee said 19 officers were involved in the raids at both locations and detained foreigners aged 21 to 55 years old, from Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesians.

He said all those detained were sent to the Immigration Detention centre at Alor Gajah here while eight locals were brought in for statements.

Anirwan Fauzee said action would be also taken against the organisers of both festivals.

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