Bangladeshi Md Rayhan Kabir who appeared in the controversial Al Jazeera documentary will be deported and blacklisted to prevent him from returning to Malaysia, says Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud.
"I congratulate all the officers involved for their effort and commitment (leading to Md Rayhan's arrest)," he said in a statement issued on Saturday (July 25), adding that Md Rayhan was arrested on Friday (July 24) following two weeks of intelligence work.
Khairul said that Md Rayhan was arrested by a team of Immigration officers from the Putrajaya office at about 5.45 pm in Setapak.
The Immigration Department had earlier sought the help of the public to track down Md Rayhan.
News reports said that Rayhan had made false allegations on Malaysia's treatment of illegal immigrants in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic when he was interviewed in the Al Jazeera documentary, and the police have also started investigating the international television channel for its airing of the documentary.
Bernama had reported on Friday that Bukit Aman CID deputy director (Investigation/Legal) DCP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the arrest of the 25-year-old Md Rayhan, saying that the Bangladeshi man was arrested by the Immigration Department and handed over to the police at 6pm.