85 Bangladeshis detained in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Jan 26: Eighty-five Bangladeshi migrant workers have been arrested in separate raids for their alleged involvement in various immigration-related crimes in Malaysia.
The country's media reported that the Malaysian law and order forces arrested the Bangladeshis in separate raids.
The country's English daily "The Star" says that 110 foreigners were detained by the local immigration department in a raid in the Seremban area on Wednesday. At least 10 Bangladeshis are among them.
Malaysian Immigration Department Director Kenneth Tan Aik Kiang said regular raids are being conducted against undocumented foreign workers. Of the 110 foreigners arrested in yesterday's operation, 91 are men.
Talking to reporters after the raid, he said, "The expatriate workers have been detained for violating the Immigration Act. They have overstayed or entered illegally after the expiry of the period.”
According to the report of The Star, 64 of those detained are citizens of Myanmar. Apart from this, there are 13 Indonesian, 10 Bangladeshi, six Indian, nine Pakistani, six Sri Lankan and two Nepali nationals.
Kenneth Tan Aik Kiang said most of the foreigners worked in businesses and construction sites in the area.
Meanwhile, on Thursday another English media of the country "Malay Mail" reported that the immigration department of Johor province conducted a search operation in some factories in Senai. At that time, 85 foreign immigrants, including 69 Bangladeshis, were detained for not having a valid work permit.