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A total of 680 Chinese nationals who were detained by the Immigration Department on Nov 20 in Cyberjaya for allegedly being involved in a foreign online scam syndicate will be charged tomorrow and Monday. NSTP

IPOH: A total of 680 Chinese nationals who were detained by the Immigration Department on Nov 20 in Cyberjaya for allegedly being involved in a foreign online scam syndicate will be charged tomorrow and Monday.

Immigration Department Director-General Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said investigations on the Chinese nationals have been completed and they would be charged at Sepang Sessions Court tomorrow.

“The proceeding will be conducted twice. Since there are way too many accused to be charged tomorrow, the rest will be charged on Monday,” he told reporters at Ministry of Home Affairs Complex in Meru Raya here, tonight.

He added that investigation in Cyberjaya also revealed that there was no involvement of ‘insider’ or Immigration Department personnel.

“During the operation, a total of 941 people have been arrested where 680 of them were picked up in Cyberjaya on Nov 20; 104 people in Sabah on Nov 26; 52 people in Sarawak on Nov 29, and the latest was on Dec 9 and 11 in Ipoh where 105 people were arrested.

“All of them will be deported to their country once the charges are done here, and their names will forever be blacklisted from entering Malaysia,” he said.

Khairul Dzaimee said the department had also contacted Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Malaysia who gave its full cooperation and believed that all the Chinese nationals involved in this syndicate would also be punished in their own country.

“The Immigration Department will channel any related information to other agencies such as police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and other local authorities,” he said.

Earlier, Khairul Dzaimee also revealed that a total of 65 Chinese nationals, including four women, were arrested here yesterday for using the same modus operandi.

He said they were all picked up during raids by 19 personnel at two houses in Gerbang Maju Rapat, here.

“The operation started at 3.30pm yesterday and a total of 35 Chinese nationals were picked up, including two women at the first house.

“Meanwhile, 30 Chinese nationals, including two women, aged between 17 and 55, were arrested at the second house,” he said.

He added that as of now, the department could not ascertain whether these latest arrests are related to the Cyberjaya case.

“The possibility is there, since we found receipts of food purchases in Kuala Lumpur and they used the same modus operandi by making a house as a call centre,” he added.

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