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Pregnant Viet woman attacks Welfare Dept officers in raid
IPOH: A pregnant Vietnamese woman lashed out six Welfare Department officers by hurling punches and biting them when she was picked up during a raid here.
The 25-year-old, believed to be part of a begging syndicate, was detained in an operation against vagrants at the Bercham night market here on Wednesday.
Kinta district welfare department officer Mohd Mahir Mohd Tahir said six of his men were punched at and bitten by the foreign national as they attempted to restrain her.
"Luckily none of the staff were seriously injured.
"She kept shouting and screaming as she struggled to prevent from being arrested. None of us could communicate with her as she did not speak Malay, English or Cantonese," he said.
He said the woman, who had two young children aged 2 and 4 with her, did not possess valid travelling documents.
Some RM300, believed to be her earnings from begging for the day, was also seized by the officers.
"We were finally able to converse with her after obtaining a Vietnamese dictionary.
"She claimed that she had married a local who passed away suddenly last March," he said.
Mohd Mahir said the woman would be handed over to the state Immigration Department.