Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the task force investigating the case has launched a manhunt for the people behind the ring. Pic by STR/MOHD ASRI SAIFUDDIN MAMAT

SHAH ALAM: More arrests are following the discovery of almost RM15 million in a Kota Kinabalu hotel and apartment as a result of a recent prostitution ring raid.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the task force investigating the case has launched a manhunt for the people behind the ring.

"We will be arresting several individuals soon. Apart from the arrests, we are also in the midst of taking several other actions," said Mustafar, who declined to elaborate.

Mustafar said the task force is still in Kota Kinabalu.

"We are viewing the case from various aspects, such as how the syndicate amassed millions of ringgit, and other factors such as human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and money-laundering," he added.

Mustafar was met after he was awarded the Khalid Al-Walid award at the Selangor state-level Maulidur Rasul celebration held at Stadium Malawati in Section 13, here today.

He was commenting on the department's Op Gegar raids, where almost RM15 million have been seized as of Wednesday.

The haul is the biggest ever recorded by the department.

Most of the cash was found in drawers, boxes and under the bed in a Kota Kinabalu hotel room, while the rest were found in an apartment unit nearby.

The apartment unit belonged to one of three men arrested, aged between 30 and 50, including a Filipino.

The man's 46-year-old wife was also arrested in the same apartment unit in Jalan Api-Api.

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