GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman who tried to evade arrest by hiding under a canteen counter was among 26 illegal immigrants rounded up during a state Immigration Department operation.
She was found by enforcement officers at a construction site in Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, off Jalan Tanjong Tokong, here.
The woman had wrapped herself up in a blanket and was hiding behind a counter covered with boxes, hoping to avoid detection. However, her efforts came to nothing.
“Saya tak ada passport (I don’t have a passport),” she told the officers upon being caught.
She was later taken to the state Immigration Department headquarters in Seberang Jaya along with the 25 others yesterday.
During Ops 6P Bersepadu, teams comprising personnel from the Immigration Department, Rela, National Registration Department and National Drug Agency screened 501 foreign workers at two construction sites in Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang and Jalan Mayang Pasir.
Several foreigners tried to flee, only to be arrested as both sites had been cordoned off prior to the operation.
State immigration enforcement assistant director Basri Othman said the illegal immigrants nabbed were from Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.