KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Eight Myanmar men suspected to have just entered the country illegally were arrested in an integrated operation at the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market near Selayang this morning.
Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Yahaya Othman said a local man, believed to be the ‘tekong‘ who brought in the migrants, was also nabbed in the operation jointly conducted by police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Immigration Department and National Anti-Dadah Agency.
“All the men, aged between 20 and 40, were arrested under Section 5 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (ATIPSOM) 2007,” he told a press conference after the operation.
Also present were Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias and Sentul district police chief ACP Beh Eng Lai.
Yahaya added that police also arrested 18 foreigners who tested positive for drugs.
He said 400 immigrants were checked in the operation against drug abuse and gangsterism.
Meanwhile, Jalaluddin said his ministry, in collaboration with other enforcement agencies, would continue to conduct operations to ensure business premises in the city adhere to their licensing conditions.
“In today’s operation, three business premises at the wholesale market were sealed for being rented out to and run by foreigners,” he said.
Jalaluddin advised traders not to hire illegal migrants or rent out their business premises to them, saying DBKL would take firm action against anyone who breached their business licence conditions.