12 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia
Raiding a market in Bukit Mertajam of Penang state, Malaysian Immigration Department has detained 55 foreigners, including 12 Bangladeshis, who were reportedly working there illegally.
Abdul Rashid, chairman of the department, said sixty-two foreign workers were screened during the two-hour raid carried out on Friday morning, reported local newspaper The Star yesterday.
The 55 detainees were found either to be working without any work permits or have overstayed in the country. Among the detainees, 42 were from Myanmar, said Rashid.
Meanwhile, an official of the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur said the Bangladeshi workers might have to stay in a detection centre until the necessary verification by the immigration department is completed.
“The Bangladeshis might be deported to their country or face a short detention term,” said the official, who did not want to be named.
After Friday's drive, Rashid told the Malaysian daily that the detained workers were taken to the state Immigration Department office in Seberang Jaya for investigations.
In a bid to curb human trafficking, the Malaysian home ministry was engaging all stakeholders while stepping up enforcement on those who exploit foreign workers by withholding their travel documents, added the newspaper.