125 illegals nabbed in raid

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 125 illegal immigrants including 10 women were arrested in a raid by the Immigration Department at the heart of the city today.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said that these raids all over the city have become a daily routine now as there is a rising number of illegal immigrants in the country.

He said that many of them come to the country under a student visa, but abuse it to find work here, some of these illegals also overstay their visa's.

Around 350 people were checked for valid documentation in the raid and of those, 125 were found to be illegal.

The group included Indonesian, Indian, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Filipino and Afghanistan nationals.

"Plenty of warnings have been given to them. We will take serious action against them now," he said at a press conference at the Bukit Bintang area after the raid.

"We are working closely with DBKL to track down shop owners and employers who hire or rent shop lots to foreigners who lack proper documentation," he added.

Mustafar said so far this year, 5,908 raids have been conducted with 62,654 foreigners checked and 17,971 arrested.