95 Bangladeshis among 300 detained in Malaysia ‘sudden raid’
Published: 10:47 AM, 1 October 2021 Updated: 02:56 PM, 1 October 2021
Immigration Department of Malaysia conducted a raid at Jalan Eco Majestic 1/2C in Kazang and detained 300 migrants on Thursday night; Photo: Collected
Malaysia’s immigration department has detained more than 300 migrants, including 95 Bangladeshis, in a sudden raid.
They were arrested at 12 am local time on Thursday.
Khairul Dzaimee Daud, Malaysia’s director general of immigration, said 326 migrants were detained from a shared house area in Jalan Eco Majestic 1/2C, Kazang, in a raid by the Malaysian immigration department. “After scrutinizing the papers, 29 migrants released, detaining the 297 migrants,” he said.
The detainees have been “remanded for 14 days” at the Simoniya Immigration Depot for further investigation, Malaysia’s director-general of immigration also said.
Khairul Daud said most of the foreigners detained were construction workers. Some are also businessmen.
He added that the detainees included 95 Bangladeshis and 94 Indonesian men and 28 women. There are also 66 from Myanmar, one from Ghana, six men and seven women from Vietnam.
Khairul Dzaimee Daud told reporters that residents in the area had “complained” that “the hygiene was not being observed in the settlement”. They have violated the minimum standards of the Housing and Employees Benefits Act or Act 448. “The Recruiters of these workers will be fined 50,000 ringgit for non-compliance with Act 446,” he added.