KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Immigration Department (MID) had detained 39 illegal immigrants (PATI) in an Integrated Immigration Enforcement Operation in a jungle at 2.00am, 16th Sept. 2023 at Puncak Alam, Selangor.
Immigration Director General, Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said, in the operation 95 foreigners had been checked and resulted in 39 PATI aged between 2-52 were detained for various offences.
“All the PATI detained consisting 14 males, 22 females, one male child and two female children were from Indonesia.
“The operational team had to walk in the dark almost 15 minutes via a jungle path to reach the illegal placement. The ambush launched was very challenging as the placement was located deep in the jungle, far from the main road and surrounded by steep slopes.
“There were many hidden lanes to ease the PATI to get through from the windows. During the ambush, there were PATI who tried to escape via the jungle lanes and jumped over the steep slopes. Their actions were endangering themselves,” Ruslin said in a statement.
However, Ruslin added, almost all the people who tried to escape had been detained as the area had been surrounded earlier. The remaining 56 people who had been checked were not detained as they had the registration slip programme (Recalibration Work Force (RTK) 2.0 and the Temporary Work Visit Pass (PLKS) that are still valid.
According to Ruslin, the Immigration Department will extend the information and illegal settlement report to the Local Authority (PBT) concerned for further actions.
Among the offences identified were no personal documents, over stay and other offences that breached the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.
Ruslin added, all detainees will be placed at the Semenyih, Selangor Immigration Depot for investigation and further actions.
He said, the operation had the strength of 110 officers from the Enforcement Division, ATIPSOM Prevention Division and AMLA, Depot Management and Detention Division, Special Tactical Team (PASTAK) Head Office, Putrajaya and were supported by 13 officers from the National Registration Department (JPN) and five members of the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM).-Malaysia World News