JIM Perak arrested 39 illegal immigrants from 17 premises

By Aida Aziz
Photo JIM Perak

IPOH: A total of 39 people from 17 premises around the Kinta district, were arrested in an enforcement operation to curb illegal immigrants.

The operation, conducted by the Perak State Immigration Department (JIM), began on Tuesday and ended early yesterday morning.

According to its Director, Meor Hezbullah Meor Abd Malik, the raids were based on complaints and monitoring conducted by the Intelligence and Operations Unit at the locations.

“Inspections were carried out at a factory premise, four hair salon premises, a mini market premise, three food premises, a shop-house premise, a vehicle washing premise, and six residential premises.

“A total of 18 Immigration Officers inspected 101 people, and 39 of them were arrested for suspected offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Immigration Regulations 1963,” he said last night.

He said those arrested included four male Bangladeshi, eight male Indians and one male Pakistani.

In addition, there were 17 men and three women from Myanmar, three men and three women from Indonesia.

“All of them were brought to the Ipoh Immigration Depot for investigation and further legal action.

“Because they are reasonably believed to have committed offenses under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, entering and staying in Malaysia without a valid pass.

“Section 15(1)(c) of the same act, staying in Malaysia after the expiry of the valid pass issued and offenses under Regulation 39(b), Immigration Regulations 1963, violating the conditions of the issued pass,” he said.

Meor Hezbullah added that they hoped the public could make reports or complaints to assist JIM in curbing the influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

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