Malaysia detains illegal BD immigrants in raid

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 00:34:36
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Malaysia detains illegal BD immigrants in raid

The Malaysian authorities have detained more Bangladeshis in a drive on a market at Jalan Silang in Kuala Lumpur conducted as part of the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants, reports bdnews24.com.

The market is known as 'Bangla Market' as it is frequented mostly by Bangladeshi workers living in Kuala Lumpur.

A Bangladeshi businessman in the area said the number of detained Bangladeshis would be 50 to 60, including some women.

Malaysian departments of immigration and customs and Kula Lumpur City Corporation jointly conducted the raid for around two and a half hours from 12pm on Saturday.

Kota Roya Bangladeshi Traders' Association President Rashed Badal told the news agency that the authorities checked whether the businesses at the market were following the laws.

"They have warned us against employing illegal immigrants," he said.

"They detained 50 to 60 Bangladeshi customers during the drive," he added.

The Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, however, could not confirm how many Bangladeshis were detained in the raid.

After hundreds of Bangladeshis were detained in the crackdown on illegal immigrants in Malaysia last month, Bangladesh Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said on July 16 that "Malaysia has suspended the crackdown because of the Bangladesh government's initiative."

Bangladeshis made up nearly half of the 1,035 foreign nationals detained on July 1, the first day of Malaysia's crackdown on illegal immigration, according to the local media.

The detainees did not have the necessary enforcement card (e-card) or permits for temporary residence or work, authorities said.

Malaysia's immigration department had accepted applications for e-cards for four months until June 30.

During this time, 26,957 companies applied for e-cards for 155,650 workers from 15 countries.
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