This September 2 photo published in Malaysian local newspaper The Star shows some of the illegal immigrants being rounded up in the operation to flush out unwanted foreigners in Malaysia.
The Malaysian law enforcers detained 57 more Bangladeshis between Thursday and Sunday under an ongoing nationwide crackdown against illegal foreign workers.
With this, at least 508 Bangladeshis have so far been held since the beginning of the crackdown on January 21 in order to streamline the country's labour market, according to the Malaysian media.
Malaysian English daily The Star today reported that the immigration department with the law enforcers conducted raids and arrested at least 4,640 illegal immigrants and 48 employers.
Of them, 1,800 are Indonesians, 642 Myanmar nationals, 502 Filipinos, 288 Nepalese, 239 Indian nationals, 209 Pakistanis and the remaining 452 from various countries, said Malaysian Immigration Director Datuk Aloyah Mamat.
She added that a total of 3,978 illegal immigrants detained had been deported back to their home countries.
The foreigners have been detained for various offences, including overstaying, not possessing identification documents and visiting with fake travel documents, Mamat mentioned.
Contacted, Mantu Kumar Biswas, labour counsellor of Bangladesh high commission in Kuala Lumpur, however, said they had information of around 457 Bangladeshis were picked up till today.
“Now, there is no information of massive raid against Bangladeshis. Indeed, the Malaysian law enforcers are carrying out regular drives to trace the foreigners working illegally,” he told The Daily Star over the phone.
But the labour counsellor could not confirm how many detained Bangladeshis have returned home so far.