PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration and Welfare Departments recently raided several old folks care agencies in the Klang Valley.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said based on intelligence reports, these agencies were offering courses and training to foreigners.
"Forty-two enforcement officers, 32 from the Immigration Department and 10 from the Welfare Department, raided four separate locations in Petaling Jaya, Damansara and Kuala Lumpur targeting old folks care agencies.
"The agencies were offering training and courses to look after senior citizens and also for house maids.
"Those who wished to enrol for the courses needed to pay a fee of RM200 each," he said in a statement today.
Upon inspection, Khairul Dzaimee said all these old folks care centres had failed to provide documents allowing them to conduct the courses.
"Most of the participants were female foreigners with maid permits or social visit passes.
"Initial investigations revealed that these women have maid permits, but they’re not working and had run away from their employers.
"There are also those who entered Malaysia as tourists and attended such courses in a bid to find employment," he added.
Khairul Dzaimee said men who worked in the construction and plantation sectors had also signed up for the courses so they could get part-time jobs.
"Such courses and training facilities have only attributed to the rising number of cases involving foreigners running away from their employers and working without valid passes or permits."
The authorities, he said, had inspected 55 foreigners and 40 of them were arrested.
Among the offences committed include having no identification documents, abusing their passes and some other offences which violated the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.
All the foreign detainees had been handed over to the Selangor Immigration Department for documentation, investigation, and follow-up actions.
"The Immigration Department will also call in all old folk care centres involved for its investigation."