More than 500 foreigners rounded up in ops at Seri Kembangan wholesale market

SERDANG: Two Bangladeshi men's attempt to avoid arrest by hiding in a drain came to an end when they were found by Immigration officers at the Selangor Wholesale Market in Seri Kembangan here.

The pair had hid in the drain for two hours before they were caught in an operation early Saturday (Feb 3).

Selangor Immigration director Khairrul Aminus Kamaruddin said a total of 530 foreigners consisting of 504 men and 26 women were rounded up in the raid.

They are from Myanmar (277 people), Bangladesh (94), India (72), Indonesia (39), Nepal (15), Sri Lanka (nine), Pakistan (six) and one from Vietnam," he told a press conference after the operation which started at 3am, Bernama reported.

The operation ended at 6am.

At the time the the press conference was held, the foreigners' status in Malaysia had yet to be determined as the authorities were still going through their documents.

According to Khairrul Aminus, the foreigners would be screened to ensure they have valid documents to be in the country.

The joint operation also involved the General Operations Force, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, the Selangor National Registration Department, Subang Jaya City Council and police.

Subang Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said the council had discovered 10 business licences, issued to locals, being sold to foreigners.

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