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
Siti Kharina's murder: Nigerian man remanded 7 days
SEPANG: The Nigerian man arrested in connection with the murder of Siti Kharina Mohd Kamarudin, the chief nurse of Serdang Hospital on Saturday, was remanded for seven days from today.
The remand order was issued by Sepang Court Magistrate A Akhiruddin@Boy Acho until May 23 to assist the police in their investigation of the case under the Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The handcuffed suspect clad in blue denim shirt, arrived at the courthouse here at 11am.
The 36-year-old was nabbed at 3.30pm yesterday at a cafe in Cheras Sentral, within 24 hours after Siti Kharina's body being found.
Based on initial investigation, the suspect was the last individual who was seen leaving the victim's house through a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera.
Two other suspects; a 38-year-old Pakistani and 35-year-old Nigerian woman who were arrested in connection with the case, had been remanded for seven days from Thursday onwards.
The partially clothed body of the forty-year-old nurse who went missing on May 8, was found dead with slash wounds on her chest, neck and head in her rented one-bedroom studio apartment unit in Third Avenue Condominium in Cyberjaya on May 15.
Siti Kharina’s body was discovered after investigating officers responded to a report made by the unit’s landlord who had spotted blood trail flowing out from the door.
The landlord had gone to the unit with the intention of repairing a faulty washing machine.
He was, however, unable to get in as it was locked and he sought the assistance from the condominium’s maintenance team to gain access.
Previously, Serdang Hospital had confirmed that Siti Kharina was last seen at the parking lot of the hospital at about 4pm last Wednesday.
Indonesian 'Belt and Road' high-speed rail link expects US$18b from satellite town
The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail link between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion developing satellite towns and industrial centres along the line.
JAKARTA: The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail link between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion developing satellite towns and industrial centres along the line, a company official said.
The rail project, part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond was described last month by China's ambassador to Indonesia, Xiao Qian, as "the first high-speed rail of Southeast Asia".
After nearly three years of delays over land ownership disputes, construction on the rail line, which is financed principally by a $4.5 billion loan from China's Development Bank, finally kicked into gear in 2018.
The chief executive of Wijaya Kayra (WIKA), which heads the Indonesian side of what is the most high-profile of several Belt and Road projects in Indonesia, said that the state-owned construction firm expects to book 266 trillion rupiah ($18.7 billion) from four transit-related developments by 2070.
The Indonesian side, which also includes state rail company KAI, owns 60 percent while the Chinese, led by the China Railway Engineering Corporation, holds the rest.
WIKA CEO Tumiyana - who uses only one name - said that 15 percent of the line has been completed, with 60 percent to be finished by the end of 2019.
Analysts say the plan to develop four new towns and industrial centres mimics China's own approach to high-speed rail development.
"This seems like it's copying the general model of China's urban development - if you build it, they will come," said Nick Marro, a China analyst at the Economic Intelligence Unit.
One of the sites previously visited by Reuters on an old tea plantation is due to be transformed into a sleek 5,000 hectare city with high-rise blocks and the campus of a new university.
Indonesian and Chinese officials say the project's success will be a gauge for future infrastructure cooperation.
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously told Reuters "it's a major project for the mutual benefit and cooperation between China and Indonesia and helps promote local economic and social development".
Indonesian vice-president Yusuf Kalla recently headed a delegation to China's BRI forum, where it pitched to Chinese companies for up to $91 billion of infrastructure projects.
Jakarta insists on a business-to-business structure for all potential BRI deals instead of China's traditional government-to-government loan format, which has limited the amount of overall projects. - Reuters
History made as Tengku Maimun becomes Malaysia’s first female chief justice
Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat is Malaysia’s first female chief justice. — Picture via Twitter/Bernamadotcom
.KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — Malaysia has its first female chief justice with today’s appointment of Federal Court judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat as the top judge of the country.
The Prime Minister’s Office made the announcement of the historic appointment today, after several weeks of speculation of who would be the next chief justice.
The Prime Minister’s Office said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had assented to Tengku Maimun’s appointment as the chief justice effective from today upon the prime minister’s advice and after consulting the Conference of Rulers, in line with Article 122B (1) of the Federal Constitution.
The Prime Minister’s Office also said the ceremony for the swearing in and handing over of the letter of appointment before the Agong would be notified by the Federal Court’s Chief Registrar’s Office after receiving the Agong’s assent.
Tengku Maimun was last year reported to be aged 59, which means that she will be able to serve for some years before reaching the judges’ retirement age of 66 years old.
According to the judiciary’s website, Tengku Maimun started off in the superior courts as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on October 2, 2006.
She was appointed a High Court judge on September 5, 2007, and later became a Court of Appeal judge on January 8, 2013 before being further promoted to be a Federal Court judge on November 26, 2018.
Since the country’s founding in 1963, all the 15 judges that held Malaysia’s top judicial post — previously known as Lord President before its rebranding as chief justice — before Tengku Maimum have been men.
This is not the first time that history has been made during Pakatan Harapan’s first year in government, in terms of the appointment of the highest-ranking judge in Malaysia.
Just about two months after PH took over federal power, then Federal Court judge Tan Sri Richard Malanjum was appointed on July 11, 2018 as the chief justice.
Malanjum was the first east Malaysian and also the first Sabah Bumiputera to be appointed as chief justice.
Malanjum retired on April 12, 2019 after hitting the age limit for judges of 66 years and serving out the additional six-month extension allowed under the Federal Constitution.
Despite his brief tenure as chief justice, Malanjum was hailed as being a staunch defender of the Federal Constitution and for implementing multiple reforms to the judiciary.
The Prime Minister’s Office today recorded its appreciation and gratitude to Malanjum over his service as chief justice.