Malaysian Immigration Department arrested 28 Bangladeshis alleged for running illegal homestay business in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, reported Malaysian daily the Star.
They were arrested during raids at a high-end residential premise by immigration officers on Thursday night, said the report published by the daily in its Friday’s edition.
Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali was quoted as telling the daily that the raid was conducted on the basis of media reports about the illegal business.
The location was under surveillance since 3 PM on Thursday before the immigration officers moved in, he said.
He said the foreigners who ran the companies, would rent up to 20 apartment units long-term in order to run their business.
The rooms are then rented out for as low as 150 Ringgits and the payments are only made in cash.
All of the 28 were held for not having any proper travel documents, he said.
A total of 29,000 Ringgits in cash was also
seized in the raid, along with various documents related to the illegal business, he said.