A total of 45,499 illegal immigrants were arrested by the Immigration Department of Malaysia between January 1 and December 6 (Photo courtesy of the department)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA)
– A total of 45,499 illegal immigrants were arrested by the Immigration Department of Malaysia between January 1 and December 6.

Also during the same period under review, 1,323 employers were detained for hiring or hiding illegal immigrants, most of them had been brought to court.

Director General Mustafar Ali reiterated that his department rejects all the applications to enter Malaysia that fail to meet requirements.

A total of 72,361 individuals have been denied of entries into Malaysia in 2018 due to passport and visa issues, he said.

Those who have been blacklisted and categorized as prohibited immigrants under the immigration law were also turned away from the country, he added.-VNA