Crime & Courts

30 foreigners detained during Ops Selera in Masai

PASIR GUDANG: About 30 foreigners were rounded up in Ops Selera for working at eateries and pubs without valid permits in Masai here on April 16.

State Immigration Department director Baharuddin Tahis said Ops Selera was conducted at six eateries following public complaints on the high number of foreigners.

The enforcement officers conducted checks on foreigners and locals working at the premises.

Those detained were from Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.

The detainees, aged between 21 and 43, are being held at the department depot at Setia Tropika.

Baharuddin said the detainees allegedly committed offences under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) for not possessing valid passes or permits to be in the country, while some had misused their social visit passes by seeking employment.

Five notices were issued to their employers.

He added that raids would be intensified and urged migrants to take advantage of the Migrant Repatriation Programme.

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