JOHOR BARU: Johor police are taking a serious stance against illegal immigrants begging on the streets and public areas which has seen a sudden surge in the city.
Johor police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the force would not tolerate panhandling activities that could negatively impact the image of the city and safety of road users.
"Six cases have been brought to our attention within a span of five days. Five undocumented foreigners, aged between 29 and 65, have been arrested.
"The suspects, three men and two women were arrested in the Johor Baru South (three cases), Johor Baru North (1) and Seri Alam police (2) districts, " he said.
"Panhandling and begging in the streets can be a complex issue, some forced into the activity due to economic hardship, while others who are taking advantage of public sympathy or other factors," he added.
However, he added that it was clear that the Johor police were proactive in taking steps to address the issue and maintain law and order in the state.
He urged those information of such activities to contact the force's hotline at 07-2254074.