IPOH – A total of 220 illegal immigrants were arrested in road blocks and in the forest area around Cameron Highlands, Pahang in two separate operations since Nov 1 until Tuesday.
Cameron Highlands district police chief DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said those detained comprised Bangladeshi nationals (61), India (18), Myanmar (39), Indonesia (45), Nepal (50), Pakistan (three), Cambodia (two) and Sri Lanka (two).
“From Nov 1-21, 155 illegals were arrested via the integrated operation conducted by the police and relevant agencies while the remaining 65 were detained through a crackdown on illegal foreign workers by the police, general operations force (PGA) and armed forces from Nov 22 until yesterday,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
He said 56 out of these illegals were arrested in road blocks and another 164 in the forest area, which the police believed was used as their living quarters and for land encroachment activities, especially at night.
Last Nov 22, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ordered the police and military to deploy personnel to Cameron Highlands to crackdown on illegal land exploitation activities at night.
According to him, the measure was taken following his discussion with the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah based on the report that such activites were frequently done by illegals at night.
The mud floods and landslides at Kampung Raja, Ringlet town and Lembah Bertam in Cameron Highlands last Nov 5 claimed five lives and over 90 victims from 28 families had to move to the evacuation centre at the Ringlet community hall. – BERNAMA