474 ILLEGALS NABBED IN IMMIGRATION NEW YEAR CRACKDOWN

ROHANI MOHD IBRAHIM

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 2  (Bernama) -- A total of 474 illegal immigrants were detained in 124 operations conducted nationwide by the Immigration Department in the first 24 hours of the new year. 

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said four employers were also detained in the operations to detect the remaining illegals who refuse to take up the deportation offer under the Back For Good (B4G) programme. 

Of the total caught, Indonesians topped the list with 220 arrests, followed by illegals from China (89), Bangladesh (78), Myanmar (42), Philippines  (22) while the rest were from other nations, he said.  

In a statement issued today, ​​​​​​​Khairul Dzaimee said in the B4G programme which ended on Dec 31, a total of 190,471 illegal immigrants took the opportunity to register and return home voluntarily. 

“The department had given enough time for illegals to give themselves up and return home under the B4G programme, but there are many, including their employers who had not taken advantage of this,” he said. 

Those found to be employing foreigners illegally will face action under the Immigration Act 1959/63, he said. 

 

--BERNAMA 

 

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