Illegal foreign workers in Malaysia are arrested (Photo: nst.com.my)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA)
– The State Immigration Department of Malaysia said it started stepping up arrests of undocumented immigrants ahead of Christmas and the New Year.

Eighty illegal labourers were held up on December 21 during 'Ops Mega’ at a construction site in Kampung Raja, Besut, Terengganu State of Malaysia.

Director of the agency Wan Suhaini Wan Mohammad said a team of 15 enforcement officers led by its chief Mohd Muda, and four officers from the Registration Department raided the site at 11.30am. The raid ended at 3 pm.

Suhaini said her personnel checked 145 foreign workers and 80 of them were nabbed under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

They included three Myanmar persons, five Chinese, seven Pakistanis and 65 Bangladeshis. They did not possess valid travel documents, had over-stayed, and violated their social visit passes, she said.

Suhaini said all the detainees, aged between 18 and 53, were sent to the Ajil Detention Centre for further investigation.-VNA