‘Illegal students’ busted in immigration raid

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Illegal migrants arrested during the integrated operation by the Immigration Department of Malaysia FILE PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 15 SEPTEMBER 2019
Illegal migrants arrested during the integrated operation by the Immigration Department of Malaysia FILE PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

KUALA LUMPUR – Forty-five foreigners were arrested in a raid on a condominium complex at Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor early this morning.

In the 1 am operation, those arrested were from Nigeria (20), Guinea (10), Somalia (5), Yemen (4), Bangladesh (3) and one each from Libya, Uganda and Maldives.

Selangor Immigration Department Operation Chief Mohamad Rahmat Abdul Manap said from 181 foreigners checked, 31 men and 14 women were arrested with most of them having entered the country on student visa.

“Most of them said that the university had confiscated their passports for failure to settle their fees. Some others committed immigration offences such as overstaying and abuse of visiting visa,” he told reporters after operation ended at 4 am.

He said that the authorities would be contacting related universities to clarify the status of those who claimed they were students.

Mohamad Rahmat said during the operation, his team of 68 members had to break open the doors of several units due to the refusal of the foreigners to cooperate.

The detainees aged 18 to 40 years old would be taken to the Semenyih Immigration Depot for follow-up action.

— BERNAMA

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