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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/MALAYSIA: IMMIGATION DEPARTMENT UNCOVERS ILLEGAL WORKER SMUGGLINGS.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 09:40:27 EST


13/Dec/00 MALAYSIA: IMMIGATION DEPARTMENT UNCOVERS ILLEGAL WORKER
SMUGGLINGS.
By A. Premanand
prem@thesundaily.com

PENANG, Tues: The state Immigration Department has uncovered a syndicate
which uses the Malaysian-Thai border to smuggle in illegal Nepalese
workers.
The department's enforcement chief, Badril Md Yusof, said a team of 11
officers led by senior Immigration officer Jamaluddin Hashim raided a house
in Kampung Limau Manis in Bukit Tengah with 24 Nepalese.
He said the department had been monitoring the syndicate's movements for
the past two months.
"Based on information, four officers waited at the Gurun highway rest area
on Dec 11 and trailed four taxis and a blue van carrying the workers to
Kampung Limau Manis.
He said the Nepalese immigrants had entered Thailand from Kathmandu on Dec
9, and were brought to Hadyaai by a Myanmar who holds a fake temporary
working pass who police believe is the syndicate's mastermind.
He said that the man and his agents would receive US$250 to US$300 (RM950
to RM1,140) for each worker.
On Dec 11, these workers were brought to Padang Besar at noon and they
waited till dark before crossing the border via the jungle to a place where
the taxis were waiting to transport them to Penang.
Once they reach Butterworth, they will be sent to to small factories in
remote areas in Nibong Tebal and Butterworth to work illegally, especially
at night.
Badrul said the illegal immigrants will be charged in court soon.
Department director Md Saad Md Akhir said since January this year, 124
Nepalese immigrants have been arrested in the state.

"Previously, they used to smuggle the workers by sea but now they're doing
it overland," he said, adding that security at the border has to be
tightened.
He also said they have so far raided six factories and had compounded them
for harbouring these workers.
(c) 2000 Sun Media Group Sdn Bhd.
THE SUN (MALAYSIA) 13/12/2000
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