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Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) enforcement officers during the integrated operation with the Immigration Department on a colony of illegal aliens (Pati) in Cyberjaya, on February 23, 2023. — Picture by MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN/SELANGORKINI

MPSepang raids undocumented migrants’ settlement, demolish over 100 structures

By Sheeda Fathil

SHAH ALAM, FEB 23 — The Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) demolished 110 unauthorised houses during an integrated operation on a colony of illegal aliens (Pati) in Cyberjaya, earlier today.

Its President Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said the structures include four settlements over 1.6 hectares in space which was built in the forest interior, and which also had three prayer halls and over 10 wells.

The raid was carried out following public complaints, and following a similar operation by the Immigration Department (JIM) early last month.

“We have been made to understand the aliens began residing here more than seven years ago, which we were initially unable to detect given its forest location. The housing structures were also well-concealed, and we did not anticipate anyone living here.

“Likewise, MPSepang is also unable to act by itself, as we do not possess the authority to check their identity cards or passports. Hence why we require the cooperation of several agencies like JIM ,” he said.

Abd Hamid was speaking to the press at the site of the integrated operation, shortly after it commenced.

Based on observations the residential structures in the settlements, located at an estimated three to four kilometres from the main road, were constructed using materials like cement, wood and plywood. They were also equipped with electricity and water supply.

MPSepang expects the demolition work to take more than a week to finalise, using three machines and 10 Roll-On-Roll-Off barrels.

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