Govt spends RM3.5 mil a month on food for detained migrants
he government says there are 9,654 illegal immigrants being held at the 14 detention depots across the count
KUALA LUMPUR: The government spends nearly RM3.5 million a month on food for immigration detainees, an average RM12 per detainee per day.
There are 14 immigration detention depots across the country and that many of the illegal immigrants remain there for one to two months while documents for their return to their respective countries are processed by their diplomatic missions.
“The cost can be reduced if their travel documents can be prepared quickly,” Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud told reporters at a home affairs ministry Hari Raya celebration.
As of June 18, there were 9,654 illegal immigrants – 7,650 men, 1,664 women and the rest children – at the centres.
They come from Indonesia (3,767), Myanmar (2,105), Bangladesh (1,594), India (525), Vietnam (294), Pakistan (263), Thailand (226), the Philippines (222), Nepal (193), Nigeria (150) and others (315).
Khairul said his department has conducted 8,277 enforcement exercises and checked the documents of 103,224 foreigners this year.
He said four depots – in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur; KLIA, Sepang; Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan; and Juru, Penang – are congested.
“We are trying to speed up the process of sending them home as well as transferring some to nearby depots to prevent overcrowding,” he said.
142 foreigners arrested in raids in Gombak, Subang Jaya
PETALING JAYA: A total of 142 foreigners, mostly Nigerians, were detained following several raids in Gombak and Subang Jaya, says the police.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat (pic) said the special operation was conducted at Kompleks Apartment Desa Aman Puri, Desa Jaya, Gombak and Vista Millennium Apartment, Bukit Puchong, Subang Jaya between 12.30am and 12.30pm on Sunday (June 16).
He said those detained were 128 Nigerians along with 14 others of various nationalities, including from Pakistan and Indonesia.
They were detained under Section 6(i)(c) of the Immigration Act 1953 for not having travel documents," he said when contacted Sunday.
SAC Fadzil said the operation was conducted as social ills and crimes among Africans in Selangor were increasing.
"Besides cheating syndicates, suspects from Africans countries are also involved in armed robberies and other crimes.
"We are deeply concerned, thus the operation is conducted to track down and gather information on the suspects," he said.
Among those detained were four men and a woman from Nigeria, who were suspected of operating a love scam syndicate at Apartment Desa Aman Puri.
"We also seized three laptops and six mobiles phones," he said.
Another Nigerian man had also jumped from the third floor of the same apartment in an attempt to evade the authorities, he added.
"He had broken his foot and he is currently being treated at Selayang Hospital," SAC Fadzil said.
He said a total of 536 Selangor CID personnel were involved in the operation along with 98 other police personnel from various units as well as 12 Selangor Immigration personnel.
Immigration nabs 130 illegal immigrants in raids in Kajang, Puchong
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): A total of 130 illegal immigrants, mostly from nations on the African continent, were nabbed in two raids in Kajang and Puchong Friday (June 15) night.
The raids by the Malaysian Immigration Department started at 10.30pm in Kajang following complaints from local residents who were not comfortable with the presence of foreigners who often created social problems.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that several officers were injured during the operation after wrestling with some illegals who refused to co-operate.
"Some jumped out through windows to escape while the immigration officers had to break down doors during the operation as the illegals refused to open them," he told reporters here Friday.
According to Khairul Dzaimee, 118 foreigners were investigated in the first raid at an apartment area and 90 were found not to have proper documentation.
The 90 were from Nigeria (78), the Philippines (six), Pakistan (one), India (one) and four children, aged one to three, whose nationalities were not disclosed.
"They were detained for various immigration offences including not having valid documents, overstaying and expired social visit passes," he said.
Khairul Dzaimee said some of the African nationals were busy surfing social media on their laptops using pseudonyms when they were busted.
In another operation by the department at an entertainment centre in Puchong, Khairul Dzaimee said 40 illegals from Sierra Leone (23), Nepal (eight), Tanzania (one), Guinea (three), Kenya (one), Myanmar (two) and Nigeria (two) were detained. - Bernama