This September 2 photo published in a Malaysian local news paper The Star shows some of the illegal immigrants being rounded up in the operation to flush out unwanted foreigners in Malaysia.
Malaysian immigration police yesterday picked up 88 more Bangladeshis in an ongoing crackdown against illegal foreign workers.
The number of Bangladeshi detainees has now risen to at least 596 in the crackdown that began on January 21 to streamline the country’s labour market.
Mantu Kumar Biswas, labour counsellor at Bangladesh high commission in Kuala Lumpur, said they had information about the arrest of over 500 Bangladeshis.
The workers are not panicked because of the crackdown, as it has become relaxed,” he told The Daily Star over the phone this afternoon.
Malaysian National News Agency Bernama reported that the law enforcers detained 5,508 illegal immigrants and 59 employers of different nationalities.
They were from Indonesia (2,156), Myanmar (786), Bangladesh (596), the Philippines (589), Nepal (355), India (276), Pakistan (242) and others,” Sakib Kusmi, deputy director general of Immigration Department (control), told Bernama.
"A total of 5,261 illegal immigrants were also deported to their country of origin," he added.
The illegal workers were detained and deported as they did not have valid work permit or had over-stayed their visas, and violated Immigration Act, Sakib mentioned.