The immigration department detained 229 foreign nationals in Ops Patuh at a scrap metal factory in Meru, Klang, yesterday morning.
Those detained comprised Indian nationals (99), Bangladeshis (88), Pakistani nationals (33), Myanmar nationals (five), Indonesians (three) and a Nepalese, aged between 22 and 45.
Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said further inspection at the factory found that the premises had flouted the SOPs of Phase One of the movement control under the National Recovery Plan.
He said an offence was also committed under the Immigration Act, namely the use of foreign labourers who were without documents and who had overstayed.
“The factory was slapped with a RM10,000 compound by the police for flouting the SOPs.
“It was also compounded RM20,000 by the Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia for failing to comply with the SOPs on the management of the workplace,” he said in a statement.
He said those detained underwent Covid-19 screening tests before being sent to the immigration depot in Semenyih for investigation over various offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passports Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.