ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Immigration Department detained 18 foreigners for not possessing valid travel documents on day two of a nationwide operation, dubbed ‘Op Mega’ around Bukit Pinang, near here today.
Kedah Immigration Department senior assistant director Marlis Marhaini Abdul Rashid said the foreigners – 15 Nepalese, two Bangladeshis and one Myanmar national – were hauled up during the operation which began at 11.30am.
She said all of them, aged between 20 and 45, were picked up at a chicken processing factory in Kampung Bukit Pinang and a junk food factory in Jalan Pinang.
“They were taken to the Immigration Office in Anak Bukit for the next course of action before being sent to the department’s detention depot in Belantik, Sik,” she told reporters after the operation.
The foreigners would be investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963.
The government launched a crackdown on illegal immigrants and employers after the deadline for registration of temporary Enforcement Card (E-Card), a temporary document that allows foreign workers without a valid travel document or work permit to carry on working in the country pending the approval of a permanent document or work permit, ended on June 30.
The E-Card expires in February 2018. – BERNAMA