PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested 171 Bangladeshis seen marching together in Pengerang, Johor, in a video that went viral.
Kota Tinggi police chief Hussin Zamora said the Bangladeshis were marching towards the Bayu Damai police station to file a report on Wednesday because they claimed that their agents had not provided them jobs as promised.
“They are not undocumented migrants as they entered (the country) legally through recruitment agents.
“It is understood that they have not received any work for about three to six months,” Hussin said, according to Sinar Harian.
He said a police team was sent to the location following a report by the Malaysian armed forces on the march.
A video that has gone viral showed a car driver being shocked by the presence of scores of foreign nationals walking in a long line.
Hussin said an examination by the immigration department found that the Bangladeshi men were aged between 19 and 43.
He said they were detained under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and have been sent to the Setia Tropika immigration department in Johor Bahru.
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