338 foreigners nabbed in Cyberjaya raid

PUTRAJAYA: A total of 338 foreign workers were detained at a factory in Cyberjaya during an operation by the Immigration Department.

Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali said those detained included 55 Bangladeshi men, 36 men and 172 women from Indonesia, 25 men and three women from Myanmar and 47 Nepalese men.

“Most of them were working using temporary foreign workers permits (PLKS) belonging to different companies,” he said in a statement.

Mustafar said a few companies supplied foreign workers who were registered to one company but ended up working for another.

“The employer and the company owner have openly flouted immigration rules and regulations regarding the hiring of foreign workers.

“The employer flouted the law and took the easy way out despite knowing that those with PLKS must work at the address or location stated in their work permits,” he said.

According to him, this could lead to the foreign workers being detained and their permits revoked if they were discovered working at a place not stated in their permits.

Other offences during the operation were failure to show identification documents, overstaying, violating terms of work permit and other offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.

All the detainees would be placed at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot, Kuala Lumpur.