Refugees from Syria brought to Malaysia (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Immigration Department of Malaysia recently uncovered a secret route used to smuggle illegal foreigners out of the country.

The Star newspaper reported on February 8 that the police discovered the route during a raid in Padang Temu in Melaka state and detained 28 suspects.

Early investigation showed that illegal foreigners in Malaysia were charged between 600-1,200 MYR (150-300 USD) to leave the country.

The location where the suspects were arrested, close to the sea, was also identified as a transit point for the illegal foreigners. They entered Malaysia from Indonesia’s Tanjung Rupat area by boats.

In December 2017, some 600 immi­gration staff members were transferred out of the Kuala Lumpur Inter­national Airport (KLIA) station after some of them were suspected of being involved in the smuggling in of Bangladeshis.

Malaysian police and the Anti-Corruption Commission are still investigating the case. Seven people, including foreigners have been caught.

It is believed the syndicates charged between 15,000 and 20,000 MYR (3,500-4,500 USD) for each person to make it easier for them to bypass the authorities, including Immi­gration and the Malaysian High Commission in Bangladesh.-VNA