Crackdown to start soon

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  • Friday, 28 Mar 2003

TENS of thousands of illegal immigrants would be rounded up in a nationwide operation soon to be carried out by the police and the Immigration Department. 

Nanyang Siang Pau, quoting Home Ministry sources, reported that the operation was targeted at foreign workers and students who had overstayed and foreigners involved in crime. 

“Foreigners nabbed during the operation will be punished by compulsory whipping, even if they overstayed for only a day,” they said. 

According to the Home Ministry, about 500,000 foreigners, including 300,000 Indonesians and 100,000 Chinese, were believed to have overstayed. Filipinos and Bangladeshis also formed a large part of those who overstayed. 


  • THE Chinese edition of the Malaysia Book of Records will soon be available in the local market and Nanyang Siang Pau reported that it had been appointed the publisher and distributor of the 236-page reference book. Its chief executive officer, Lee Peck Foo, said the edition was presently the only Chinese publication of its kind in the country. 


  • SINGAPORE has closed all primary and secondary schools temporarily in response to parents’ fear of the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or atypical pneumonia. China Press reported that a joint announcement by the Health and Education Ministriesstated that the schools would be closed from March 27 to April 6. 


  • CHINA’S Southern Airlines, which operates daily direct flights between Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur, has reported no change in passenger traffic. 

    In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, its general manager Du Minxian said the atypical pneumonia outbreak in Guangzhou was not as serious as the media had reported. 

    “You can hardly see one wearing a mask in Guangzhou,” said Du.  

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