Female officer injured after falling through ceiling in ops against illegals

The Immigration Department has been conducting raids to nab undocumented workers after a deadline passed yesterday. (Bernama pic)

SEPANG: An immigration officer from the Negeri Sembilan office was injured after falling through the ceiling of a workers’ quarters during an operation against illegal immigrants at a glove factory in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi here today.

Nur Erra Ellina Zaharudin, 24, was injured on the hip and leg in the 2pm incident.

She was reported to be in stable condition at the Putrajaya Hospital, said Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali.

He said Nur fell about five metres through the ceiling while chasing a female illegal immigrant.

A Bangladeshi man was also injured after he fell while trying to escape arrest in the operation, which involved 80 immigration officers and personnel from the Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan office.

Mustafar said the operation, which began at noon, was conducted on 1,800 foreign workers.

The operation was conducted following the expiry last Thursday of the voluntary deportation or the 3+1 amnesty programme, which allowed illegals to pay a fine and be sent back to their home country.

Mustafar said since Jan 1 until last Aug 30, the Immigration Department had conducted 9,527 operations, during which 116,927 foreigners were inspected and 29,177 of them arrested.

In Kota Bharu, Kelantan immigration enforcement chief Ruzaana Mohamed said 29 foreigners were detained during raids conducted in Kampung Badang, Siti Khadijah Market and the Kota Bharu bus station, from midnight until 10am today.

Since Jan 1, 753 illegal immigrants have been detained in the state.

They were among 2,940 people inspected during 311 operations conducted under Ops Mega 3.0, she added.

The illegal immigrants were from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, India and Nepal.