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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) -- A total of 10,092 illegal immigrants and

292 employers have been arrested and action taken against them in more than

3,000 enforcement operations conducted by the Immigration Department nationwide

since last October until today.

Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mahmood Adam in a statement said 50

employers and 1,364 illegals had been charged in court, while 102 employers and

621 illegals were imposed compound fines and another 1,558 illegals repatriated.

Thirty employers and 3,058 illegals are under investigation by the

department, while 110 more employers and 3,337 illegals were released as there

were no cases against them.

He said of the total number, 154 illegals were found to have been victims of

human trafficking.

Mahmood said 70,259 illegals were checked during the 3,331 enforcement

operations involving 18,197 Immigration Department personnel.

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ILLEGALS-OPERATIONS (6P) 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR

He said 493 Aficans were also nabbed during the enforcement of the 6P

programme with Nigerians making up the biggest number at 462, followed by those

from Uganda (13), Sudan and Zimbabwe (four each), Botswana (3), Zambia (2), and

Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Cameroon, Guinea and Algeria (one each).

Meanwhile, 132,424 illegals given amnesty chose to return to their country

of origin, with Indonesians forming the largest number at 82,253.

They rest were from India (10,091), Nepal (9,271), Myanmar (7,850), Cambodia

(5,121), Bangladesh (4,816), Vietnam (3,242), Pakistan (2,707), the Philippines

(2,249), Sri Lanka (1,705), China (1,492) and other countries (1,627).

Mahmood said the highest number of enforcement operations carried out was in

the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, at 1,118.

-- BERNAMA

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