Malaysia to hunt down 500,000 illegal foreigners

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immigrantsOn September 1, 2013, Malaysia will launch its biggest-ever crackdown to hunt down an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants, foreign workers without permits and visa overstayers.

The operation will involve some 135,000 personnel from the Immigration Department as the lead agency, police, Armed Forces, Civil Defence, National Registration Department and local councils.

The authorities will conduct raids mainly in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor which have been identified as the dens for illegals. People will be deported immediately as the Immigration Department does not want its 12 detention centres around the country, each with a capacity of 1,000 people, to be overcrowded.

Employers found hiring illegals could be charged under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act, up to 500,000 ringgit ($150,000) and jail for a maximum of 20 years.

It is understood that most of the illegal foreigners in the country are Indonesians, and others being Bangladeshis, Myanmar nationals, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Indian, Sri Lankan and Nepalese. Some sources estimate the number of illegal immigrants at up to 2 million people.

Indonesians are already looking for escape routes across the Strait of Malacca, and others to Thailand.

Authorities say the action is “not a one-off crackdown” but a 3-month non-stop operation throughout the country.

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On September 1, 2013, Malaysia will launch its biggest-ever crackdown to hunt down an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants, foreign workers without permits and visa overstayers.

Reading Time: 1 minute

immigrantsOn September 1, 2013, Malaysia will launch its biggest-ever crackdown to hunt down an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants, foreign workers without permits and visa overstayers.

The operation will involve some 135,000 personnel from the Immigration Department as the lead agency, police, Armed Forces, Civil Defence, National Registration Department and local councils.

The authorities will conduct raids mainly in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor which have been identified as the dens for illegals. People will be deported immediately as the Immigration Department does not want its 12 detention centres around the country, each with a capacity of 1,000 people, to be overcrowded.

Employers found hiring illegals could be charged under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act, up to 500,000 ringgit ($150,000) and jail for a maximum of 20 years.

It is understood that most of the illegal foreigners in the country are Indonesians, and others being Bangladeshis, Myanmar nationals, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Indian, Sri Lankan and Nepalese. Some sources estimate the number of illegal immigrants at up to 2 million people.

Indonesians are already looking for escape routes across the Strait of Malacca, and others to Thailand.

Authorities say the action is “not a one-off crackdown” but a 3-month non-stop operation throughout the country.

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