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Total of 5,065 illegal immigrants caught since July 1

Foreign workers awaiting further checks by Malaysian Immigration.

Foreign workers awaiting further checks by Malaysian Immigration.

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PUTRAJAYA — July 26, 2017: A total of 5,173 people were detained by Malaysian Immigration from July 1 until yesterday under Ops Mega which aims at tracking down employers and illegal immigrants who did not register with the E- Card programme.

In addition, 108 employers were arrested and 367 given notice to give their statements. The number of operations during the same period totalled 1,272.

A statement by Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali today said that of the total number nabbed, the most were Bangladeshis at 1,520, followed by Indonesians (1,476), Myanmars (429), Vietnamese (285), Thais (206), Filipinos (261) plus some from other countries.

The department also took a proactive step by holding discussions with foreign missions from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal.

One of the issues clarified was what employers and employees have to do after the expiry of the E-card registration period.

For employers who failed to register their migrant workers, the department is advising them to send back these workers through the Voluntary Deportation Programme (3+1 Programme) to avoid the risk of legal action.

From last January to July 25, 125,061 illegal immigrants had returned home under the 3 + 1 programme. — Bernama

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