Some 29 foreigners were arrested by the police in Ipoh during an integrated operation earlier today (March 28).
According to the Ipoh district police chief, Assistant Commissioner A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz, they comprised 26 men and three women.
“The arrested individuals were out of 300 who were inspected at hotspots located in Memory Lane, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and Jalan Dato’ Onn Jaafar, all in close proximity within the town centre.
“They failed to present identification documents while out and about and thus, they were brought to Pekan Baru (New Town) Police Station here as these individuals committed an offence under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.”
He told reporters during a media session at the said police station today.
The integrated operation was a joint effort by 142 personnel from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysia Immigration Department, Ipoh City Council (MBI), Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) Perak.
A. Asmadi added, the 29 individuals are aged between 24 to 35. They come from many nations, such as Bangladesh and Nepal, who came to Ipoh as foreign workers.
“Preliminary investigations have shown that most of them are known to flock to the hotspots for personal affairs, some of which include sending money back to their families in their originating countries, purchasing daily necessities and/or meeting up with old friends.
“We would like to thank the public for their contribution of information and other parties involved in the operation,” he expressed.