31 undocumented immigrants detained in Kuala Lumpur’s Ops Kutip Raid

The immigration department of Kuala Lumpur detained 31 illegal immigrants from the three hotspot areas during an operation in the city centre.

The Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department detained 31 undocumented immigrants in the capital of Malaysia, on January 6, 2024. These immigrants were detained by the immigration department during an operation which was code-named Ops Kutip. The immigration department raided three hotspots for illegal immigrants and the hotspots were Pavilion Shopping Centre, Jalan Bukit Bintang and Suria KLCC.

The operation Ops Kutip took place on Saturday night between 9:30 pm to 11 pm. According to Jafri Embok Taha, the immigration deputy director general, the age of the illegal immigrants who were detained, ranges between 19 and 50 years. General Taha stated that those illegal immigrants were also believed to have committed various other offences which included abusing passes to carry out businesses in the country.

In a press conference, Deputy General Taha stated that with the cooperative efforts of the National Registration Department, the Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department started the operation involving 46 officers and personnel.

The raid was conducted following the complaints made by the public against the higher number of illegal foreigners in the area. Deputy General Taha also said that a proper investigation and intelligence surveillance were conducted a week before the operation.

The 31 detained immigrants included eight Bangladeshi nationals, six Indian nationals, four immigrants each from Indonesia, Pakistan and Nepal, three who were from the Philippines and one immigrant each from Afghanistan and Syria.

According to the statements made by Deputy General Taha, the checks revealed that most of the immigrants were abusing their passes and eventually their working permits. The detained immigrants were supposed to work in a particular sector of the country but were working in a different sector without a valid working permit.

Immigration Deputy Director General Jafri Embok Taha concluded that the undocumented immigrants who were found to have committed other various offences will be brought to Bukit Jalil’s immigration depot for further action. Deputy General Taha also stated that stern action will be taken against foreigners committing offences and also immigrants who are involved in illegal business.