PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) arrested 14 illegal immigrants (PATI) on a bus in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning.
In the 5am raid, nine Indonesian men and five women aged 15 to 49 years old are believed to have entered the country illegally through illegal routes around Chuping, Perlis.
Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said, his side had previously received information that the PATI in question had been sent to Kuala Lumpur on a bus.
He said the operation team located the bus on the highway and followed it to Jalan Duta bus stop, Kuala Lumpur.
“Upon arriving at the Jalan Duta bus stop, the operation team checked the bus passengers and found all the illegal aliens.
“Further checks on the passports of all of them found that there was a Thai Immigration exit stamp and a Malaysian Immigration (Padang Besar) entry stamp which were suspected to be fake.
“The fake immigration entry stamp was used to deceive the authorities by saying that they entered legally and went through the Immigration inspection,” he said in a press release today.
He said, the initial investigation found that eight of them were found to have blacklist records from entering Malaysia based on past offences.
Khairul Dzaimee said that the syndicate’s modus operandi was to take illegal aliens on a plane from Indonesia to Thailand before entering Malaysia through an illegal route at the Malaysia-Thailand border on foot.
According to him, they will then board a vehicle to the designated location to board a bus to Kuala Lumpur.
“All of them admitted to paying an agent in their country as much as RM5,000 to RM6,000 for entry into the country.
“All of them also admitted that they did not do an immigration check upon entry and that only agents managed their passports while they were at the shelter.
“The purpose of them entering is to work again at their old place of work around Kuala Lumpur and to work with a new employer that was arranged earlier,” he said.
He said that all those arrested were suspected of committing offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrant Act 2007 and were detained at the Putrajaya Immigration Depot for investigation under the same act. – MESSENGER
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