Malaysia continues to detain undocumented workers amid amnesty

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:00, Aug 20,2019 | Updated: 00:24, Aug 20,2019


The Malaysian immigration department  continues to detain the undocumented expatriate  workers though the amnesty declared by the  government is still in force.

Bangladeshi workers and migration researchers in Malaysia told New Age that undocumented workers of Bangladesh were worried over the continuing crackdown by Malaysia’s immigration police.

At least 32 Bangladeshi migrant workers were detained in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian police told the local media Sunday.

Abu Hayat, Malaysia based researcher on migration, told New Age that immigration police continued their  crackdown at public places including super markets and stations.

‘So undocumented workers planning to return availing the amnesty are very worried, ’ he said. 

According to KL daily The Star, Malaysian Police arrested 106 illegal immigrants in a crackdown in the capital city.

From August 1, a five-month amnesty kicked off in Malaysia  to let undocumented expatriates leave the country permanently without legal hassles.

Malaysia’s ‘Back 4 Good’ amnesty ends on December 31.

On August 15, acting City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslan Bek Ahmad said that the operations were carried out among others at the Pasar Borong Selayang, Chow Kit, Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT station, Segambut Pusat, Mile 3 1/2 Jalan Ipoh, Pasar Seni, Jalan Padang Belia, Vivekananda and Wisma Indah.

‘A total of 184 personnel were involved in the raid which was focused on illegal immigrants.

‘We checked a total of 208 foreigners throughout the raid and arrested 106 for various offences,” he said in a statement on Sunday (August 18).

He added that the foreigners arrested were from Myanmar (43), Bangladesh (32), India (12), Indonesia (nine), Nepal (five), Nigeria (two), Sri Lanka (two) and Pakistan (one).

‘We are investigating those arrested for entering or leaving Malaysia without a valid pass or permit under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

‘All those arrested were brought to the Jinjang, Dang Wangi and Cheras lock-up for further action following the standard operating procedure,’ he said.

DCP Roslan said police viewed the matter of foreigners flooding the city and contributing to crimes seriously and will continue to take action against them through such operations.

When asked about crackdown, Bangladesh Labour Councillor in Kuala Lumpur Zahirul Islam told New Age Tuesday that crackdown has been a regular duty of the Malaysian immigration to take action against the criminals.

‘There is no relation of the crackdown with the amnesty,’ he said.

Over 10 lakh workers from Bangladesh have so far gone to Malaysia with job visas, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

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