Not true 200,000 illegal migrants have escaped, says Immigration Dept

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department has denied a report that 200,000 foreign illegal immigrants have escaped.

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Its director-general, Khairul Dzaimee Daud, said the report, published in a newspaper, was untrue and unsubstantiated.

Khairul said the department viewed the matter seriously as the report gave the wrong impression of efforts by enforcement agencies to curb illegal immigrant syndicates.

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He said the Immigration Department had always strived to thwart such activities, including conducting intelligence work, enforcement operations and information sharing with other agencies.

“From Jan 1 to Nov 18, a total of 34,529 illegal immigrants were detained out of 90,292 people checked in 6,300 enforcement operations carried out nationwide,” he said in a statement.

He said 376 employers had also been detained in the same period.

“The Immigration Department is working closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in an effort to cripple syndicates involving illegal immigrant agents as well as immigration officers,” Khairul said. – FMT

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