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Over 14000 illegal immigrants detained in Malaysia

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Published: 13:31, 29 February 2024  
Over 14000 illegal immigrants detained in Malaysia

The Malaysian Immigration Department known as Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia (JIM) conducted 2,528 operations from January 1 to February 23 and arrested 14,361 illegal immigrants.

Datuk Ruslin Jusoh, director-general of the JIM, came up with the information.

During the same period, 139 employers were arrested for various offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63, including the offence of employing and harbouring illegal immigrants.

“Even though we are implementing the Migrant Repatriation Programme (PRM) from March 1 onwards, the Immigration Department will continue to crack down on undocumented foreigners.

“It should be noted that JIM is not only targeting illegal immigrants but also employers. Some employers want to avoid the process of hiring foreign workers because they do not want to pay the levy. This is wrong because we have laws that must be followed,” he said in a special interview with Bernama.

The PRM, which will be implemented from March 1 to December 31, is a programme allowing illegal immigrants to voluntarily return to their country of origin after meeting the conditions set by JIM.

This includes valid travel documents and a return ticket.

This year, JIM will fully focus on the 220 ‘hotspots’ across Malaysia, which have been identified to conduct integrated operations with other law enforcement agencies.

Among the measures the department has taken to curb the influx of foreigners are inspections of businesses which employ foreign labour, wholesale markets, and educational institutions that accept international students.

JIM has also tightened controls and inspections at Malaysia’s borders. Foreign visitors entering the country must also present a return ticket to their country of origin.

As for the data of active foreign workers in Malaysia up to February 15, Ruslin said there are 2,123,049 foreign workers in Malaysia, with the highest number coming from Bangladesh at 786,795, followed by Indonesia (496,083), Nepal (367,498), Myanmar (163,324), and India (119,706).

In addition to these countries, Malaysia also allows foreign workers from other countries, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan, to enter.

(With inputs from Bernama)

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