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Malaysia detained 116 more Bangladeshi nationals in the last three days under an ongoing nationwide crackdown against illegal foreign workers.
The number of the Bangladeshis picked up in Malaysia has now risen to 451 in the crackdown beginning on January 21 in order to streamline the country’s labour market, according to Malaysian media.
Malaysian English daily The Star today reported that the immigration department conducted raids with the law- enforcers and detained at least 3,550 illegal foreign workers and 30 employers between Thursday and Saturday.
Of them, Indonesians recorded the highest number of detainees with 1,400 while Myanmarese 537, Filipinos 264, Nepalese 239 and the rest from other nationalities, immigration director Datuk Aloyah Mamat told local reporters.
The illegal foreigners were detained for various offences including overstaying, not possessing identification documents, and visiting with fake travel documents.
The 30 employers included 22 from Malaysia, four Indonesians, three Bangladeshis and one from Nepal were detained on the suspicion of hiring or protecting illegal immigrants.
Contacted, Begum Shahida Sultana, first secretary (labour) at Bangladesh high commission in Kuala Lumpur, however, said they did not have exact figure of the detained Bangladeshis.
“Now, the Malaysian law-enforcers are carrying out regular raids to find out the foreigners staying illegally,” she told The Daily Star over phone this evening.