Immigrants jump off building in bid to avoid arrest

NORDIANA SHAFIEE

ALOR SETAR: A group of immigrants risked their safety by jumping off a three-metre high building in a bid to evade the Immigration Department in Op Mega 3.0 conducted in Sungai Petani on Monday night. State Immigration Department director, Zuhair Jamaludin, said the Bangladeshi men, were having meals at the premises located near an industrial area in the 10pm operation. He said the operation conducted in seven locations targeted rental homes and entertainment cafes patronised by the immigrants. He said checks on the 45 foreigners, which included four women aged between 17 and 43 revealed that they had committed various immigration offences. Among the offences are failure to furnish valid travel documents and overstaying. Nine Myanmar nationals, seven Bangladeshis, four Vietnamese, as well as an Indonesian and a Thai national were detained during the raids. “During the operations, most of them were sound asleep while others were seen entertaining customers at the entertainment outlets,â€� he said in a statement today. He said the immigrants were being investigated under Section 6(1)(c) and Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63; and Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963. They were sent to Belantik Immigration Depot in Sik. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd