500 undocumented expatriates including Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 02,2018 | Updated: 00:33, Sep 02,2018

 
 

A file photo shows the view of Petronas Towers, also known as Petronas Twin Towers, in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

An unknown number Bangladeshis were among over 500 undocumented expatriates who had been nabbed in Malaysian on Friday, according to Kuala Lumpur daily The Star.

The Malaysian Immigration police arrested them on the expiry of 3+1 amnesty granted to the undocumented expatriates.

Malaysian immigration department director general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali was quoted as saying that over 5,000 foreigners were screened across the country before nabbing them.
‘We are fulfilling our pledge that we will go all out to nab illegal immigrants after the expiry of the amnesty programme,’ he said.
‘There will not be any extension to the deadline,’ he told reporters during Ops Mega 3.0 Operation at a glove making factory in Sepang on Saturday.
‘We have deployed all our enforcement personnel nationwide to ensure the success of the operation,’ he said.
‘We have given ample chances for illegal immigrants to come forward, through the rehiring and the amnesty programmes,’ he said.
‘The whitening effort has ended and now it's all out enforcement,’ he said.
On the operation at the glove making factory in Sepang, Mustafar said more than 1,500 foreign workers were being checked.
‘We will get the latest statistics on how many of them are illegal immigrants,’ he said.
Thousands of undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia are in fear of arrest as the Malaysian authorities launched a massive crackdown on them.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over 9.5 lakh Bangladeshi workers have gone to work in Malaysia since 1976.

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