PUTRAJAYA: The Integrated Enforcement Operation conducted by the Malaysian Immigration Department (MID) on 16th Nov.2023 in Putrajaya had checked on 600 foreign citizens out of which 377 were illegal immigrants (PATI) aged 25-55 years had been detained for several offences.
Director General MID, Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said, from those detained, 250 were females while 127 males of them were PATI involving citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.
He added the ambush locations were around Jalan Putrajaya with two checkpoints conducted by the MID and Road Transport Department (RTD) at the main road to Putrajaya from Kajang and Bangi.
“The operation had been launched with the strength of 110 Immigration Officers of various ranks from the Enforcement Division and ATIPSOM &AMLA Prevention Division, MID Head Office, Putrajaya along with 40 RTD officers of various ranks from RTD Head Office Putrajaya,” Ruslin said in a statement here Thursday.
Ruslin stressed that the enforcement action was taken following complaints from members of the public on PATI suspected travelling on workers’ buses without passes or valid self-identification documents.
According to Ruslin, among the offences committed include no self-identification, overstay and other offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.
“All the detainees will be placed in the Semenyih Immigration Depot, Selangor for investigation and further action.
“This department would like to remind employers not to employ the PATI. If they are still adamant and employ the PATI as workers, the employer will be detained and charged in court under the Immigration Act 1959/63. If they are found guilty they could be fined with a maximum amount of RM50,000 or jail not more than 12 months or both on every PATI employed,” Ruslin said.-Malaysia World News