TAWAU: The Immigration Department (JIM) detained 102 illegal immigrants, including a one-year-old child in a raid on a plywood factory in Pasir Putih here on Wednesday.

Its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said in the four-hour operation which ended at 1.30am yesterday, 70 Indonesians and 132 Filipinos were detained after 155 individuals were inspected.

“The workers’ employer will be called for further investigation and if the workers had been employed without a valid permit, the employer would be charged under Section 55B of the Immigration Act and could be fined RM15,000 for each illegal worker,” he told reporters after the operation.

The operation conducted by 80 personnel was also participated by Sabah Immigration Department director Datuk Musa Sulaiman.

Khairul Dzaimee reminded employers to only hire workers holding legal documents because in the raid some of illegal immigrants were found having dubious documents including papers issued by a non-governmental organisation (NGO). – Bernama

“The Immigration Department and Home Ministry have never appointed any individual or NGO to issue such documents or certificates to enable the immigrants to seek employment or reside legally in Sabah.

“These documents are not recognised by the Immigration Department,” he added – Bernama