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.
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.