The Malaysian Immigration Department picked up 24 foreign workers in three separate raids here.
The operation codenamed Ops Ikrar saw 18 Bangladeshi men, three Myanmar men and three Indonesian women rounded up at a factory in Bayan Lepas, an illegal construction site in Bukit Mertajam and an old hotel turned workers’ hostel in Butterworth.
The department’s spokesman said some of them did not possess valid travel documents while the others had overstayed in the country during the raids which began at 8pm on Wednesday.
‘They are remanded pending investigations under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not having valid travel documents and Section 15 (1)(c) of the same Act for overstaying,” he said in a statement.
The spokesman said 16 officers were involved in the operation that screened 56 workers.
Meanwhile, Penang police also rounded up 34 foreign women at two entertainment outlets housed in two hotels here.
The women — 21 Chinese nationals and 13 Vietnamese — were nabbed in the operation codenamed Ops Noda which began at 12.15am yesterday.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said the women were working as guest relation officers (GROs) and waitresses at the entertainment outlets.
“They worked without permit and had violated their social visit passes,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that both premises possessed valid entertainment licences.
SAC Zainol said police also picked up three local men, aged between 32 and 36, who worked as caretakers at the two outlets.
He said police seized walkie-talkies, room reservation records, order bills, receipts, tax invoice, calculator and cash during the raids.