89 migrants detained in immigration violations crackdown

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor Immigration Department's enforcement officers have detained 40 undocumented foreigners for overstaying in a recent sweep conducted in Gelang Patah here.

The crackdown, part of Operation Sapu, targeted individuals who violated immigration regulations by remaining in the country illegally and engaging in unauthorised work.

Immigration acting director Mohd Faizal Shamsudin disclosed that 19 raids were carried out from midnight onwards, resulting in the screening of 246 individuals.

The detainees, all men aged between 19 and 42, hail from China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

In a separate initiative between May 6 and 8, enforcement officers stationed in Batu Pahat, Mersing, Segamat, and Muar raided 31 business establishments suspected of employing undocumented foreigners.

This effort led to the detention of 49 migrants, including a 50-year-old Turkish man found guilty of overstaying.

Additionally, 10 local business operators received notices to explain the presence of undocumented foreigners on their premises.

The Immigration Department has intensified its enforcement measures against migrants through various operations, including Ops Sapu, Ops Mahir, Ops Selera, Ops Minyak, and Ops Kutip.

Mohd Faizal said these operations would continue, with heightened actions against both illegal immigrants and individuals found harbouring them.

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