PAPAR: Sixty one foreigners were detained by the police for staying in the country illegally during an operation early morning today.
District police chief DSP Ladamah Sulaiman said the 61 illegal immigrants were detained at Kampung Buang Sayang II, Kg Melugus, Kg Sapat and Kg Takis between midnight and early morning on Wednesday.
Those detained were taken to the Papar police headquarters for further action and will be charged under section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959.
Ladamah said the operation is part of the Papar police contingent (IPD Papar) in their efforts to reduce crime rate in the districts and to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants.
“Records shows that most petty crimes including drug activities are carried out by illegal immigrants and it is therefore our effort to stop such activity from taking place in and around our areas,” he said.