38 illegal immigrants rounded up in Perlis, Kedah
Last Update: 19/06/2019
KANGAR, June 19 (Bernama) -- Thirty-eight illegal immigrants were rounded up in Perlis and Kedah in raids carried out from yesterday until early today.
Perlis police chief SAC Noor Mushar Mohd said 20 men and three women aged between 19 and 51 were detained at Jalan Kubang Mengkuang, Padang Besar near here at about 2.30am today.
"All of them could not produce identification documents and we suspect they are illegal immigrants trying to enter the country via Thailand," he said when contacted today.
According to Noor Mushar, two of the 23 detainees could converse well in Bahasa Melayu and are believed to be involved in human trafficking activities.
“Police are tracking down the syndicate’s mastermind,” he said adding that the detainees were taken to the Border Control Agency in Chuping.
Meanwhile another 15 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants were detained by the Kedah Immigration Department in an integrated operation at several business premises around Sungai Petani yesterday.
Its director, Zuhair Jamaludin, said in the operation involving 16 Immigration officers, 46 foreigners were picked up for questioning between 12.20 pm to 1.30 pm.
"The 15 were detained for not possessing valid travel documents or abusing their social visit passes or work permits,” he said.
Those detained would be sent to the Belantik detention depot in Sik.