Over 50 foreigners held in Seremban Immigration raid

SEREMBAN: The Immigration department has detained 59 undocumented foreigners in a three-hour operation to weed out illegal immigrants in the city.

State Immigration director Kennith Tan Ai Kiang said 961 foreigners were screened during the joint operation with police and Seremban City Council officials on Sunday evening.

“The raids were carried out in areas identified as hotspots in the city,” he said in a statement.

The offences were mainly for not having proper personal identification documents, abusing pass conditions and overstaying.

Tan said the majority of those held were Myanmar nationals (21), followed by Bangladeshis (20), Nepalis (nine), Pakistanis (four), Indians (two) and one each from Indonesia, China and Uganda.

They were aged between 16 and 48 years old.

He said some of the undocumented foreigners tried to flee but were apprehended.

“Some also pleaded with the officers to be let go,” he said.

Tan said the detainees would be sent to the Immigration depot in Lenggeng for further action.

He added the department would continue daily operations to ensure all foreigners working here had valid documents.

“Immigration would also like to remind employers and the public not to hire or harbour any undocumented foreigner as action can be taken against them.”

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