Source thestar, 16 Dec
Noor Mohamed (sitting right) questioning one of the Myanmar national detained at Bukit Kayu Hitam.
BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) detained 76 Myanmar illegal immigrants in a raid on an unoccupied house in Kampung Padang Satu, here Tuesday.
Kedah UPP deputy commander (operation) Noor Mohamed Shaik Alauddin said a team raided the house at 9am after receiving information from the public.
On inspection, 65 male and seven female did not possess travel documents while four other men had expired travel documents.
The Myanmar illegali mmigrants were between 17 to 61 years old.
They were brought from Johor Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kulim by a syndicate run by a Myanmar who stayed here for some time.
He said each illegal immigrant was charged between RM500 and RM950 to be smuggled out of the country.
"The Myanmar immigrants usually stay illegally in this country between two to three years. They want to get out to escape the massive operation against illegals," he told a press conference at the UPP Office, here.
Noor Mohamed said the illegal immigrants were gathered in the house since last night after fetched by the syndicate in Changlun after arrival by bus.
The 76 Myanmar illegals were detained under Section 6(1)(c) of Immigration Act 1959/63 (amended 2002) while four others were detained under Section 15 (1) (c) of Immigration Act 1959/63 (amended 2002) for overstaying in the country.
The case will be handed over to the Immigration Department for futher action.
The UPP detained 274 illegal immigrants in Kedah from Jan 1 to Dec 15 and most of them were Myanmar nationals. – Bernama