Immigration Dept’s Ops Ikrar succeeds in flushing out illegals

KUCHING: The State Immigration Department has succeeded in flushing out illegal immigrants through its ongoing Ops Ikrar (Sapu) being conducted statewide.

State Immigration head of enforcement Garry Belayong John Siki revealed that on Feb 16, the department’s enforcement officers checked on 53 foreigners when they raided a factory at Kopit in Bau near here where they arrested six suspected illegal immigrants.

He said the department had issued a summons to their employer for an explanation.

All of the foreign suspects have been placed in custody at Semuja Camp for illegal immigrants to facilitate further investigation, he said in a press statement yesterday. Meanwhile in Bintulu on Feb 17, 13 Indonesian nationals were arrested for contravening various immigration laws during an operation at Jalan Johari Sunam. The illegal immigrants have been sent to the detention depot in Bekenu.

In Miri, nine Indonesian nationals were also detained at the Bekenu depot to facilitate further probe.

And in Kapit, the Immigration enforcement officers checked on eight premises and 41 locals and three foreign workers who were found to have valid work permits.

Gary said that the operation to flush out illegal foreign workers would continue and cautioned employers against harbouring any illegal immigrant.