MALACCA: A total of 64 foreign citizens, including seven Vietnamese women, were detained during raids conducted by the Immigration Department at nine locations in Melaka Tengah.
State Immigration director Kamalludin Ismail said that the Vietnamese women, aged between 25 and 30, were detained at a car workshop which had been renovated into an entertainment centre in Malim here at 9pm on Sunday.
He said that the women were believed to be working as guest relations officers and were entertaining their guests when the raid, which ended at 6am yesterday, was conducted at the premises.
The workshop was believed to have been operating as an entertainment centre since three months ago, he told a media conference here.
Meanwhile, a Cambodian couple had attempted to flee by leaving behind their four-year-old daughter in order to avoid arrest, when Immigration officers raided a house in Taman Bukit Rambai at midnight.
“The woman has overstayed in the country and her husband has been detained for harbouring her,” he added.
He said that two Indonesian women, both in their 30s and pregnant, were also detained during the raid.
They did not have valid travel documents.
Kamalludin said that all the foreigners were then sent to the Immigration Detention Depot in Machap Umboo for further action. — Bernama