PUTRAJAYA: The Kelantan Immigration Department has foiled an illegal firearms workshop’s operation, which was found set up at an oil palm plantation in Kemahang 2, Tanah Merah last night.
The discovery was made during an “Ops Kutip” raid at 10.30pm. The barn-like workshop was situated next to a foreign workers’ hostel said to be “managed by a well-known plantation company”.
“Investigations revealed that the workshop was equipped with electrical supply and equipment used to make firearms.
“The team found a completed (homemade) rifle, and three others that were being assembled.
“We also found a bottle of ball bearings believed to be bullets,” the department said in a statement.
The operation was led by Kelantan Immigration Department state director Wan Mohammed Saupee Wan Yusoff together with 22 enforcement officers.
A total of 81 foreign workers were inspected, 52 of which were taken to the immigration office in Kota Baru for failing to present valid documents.
The department subsequently informed the police of its findings.
Meanwhile, Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan told a Press conference today said that the firearms were likely used for hunting animals in the plantation.
However, he said no arrest had been made but investigations are ongoing to trace the weapons’ owners.