Raid to Nab Illegal Immigrants in PJ Old Town

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An operation on undocumented migrants at PJ Old Town is underway as police and Immigration personnel move in just three days before the enhanced movement control order (MCO) is expected to end in the area on May 23.

Petaling Jaya police chief Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the raid commenced at 8am with 200 personnel on site to track down illegal visitors.

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A police source said the operation is similar to others carried out in Selangor Mansion and Menara One City Plaza in Jalan Masjid India.

Many police officers were spotted riding into the locked-down zone starting from 8am this morning as some parts of the barbed wire fence were opened up to let them in.

Immigration personnel were also on the scene and drones were seen monitoring the area.

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Two men were seen in handcuffs and a woman was also arrested by the Immigration Department.

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The area was announced as an enhanced MCO site since May 10 and it is supposed to end on May 23.

There have been 28 positive Covid-19 cases in the area, two of them are outside of the enhanced MCO site.

The Immigration Department has previously come under sharp criticism for carrying out raids on migrants in the enhanced MCO zones in Selayang and Selangor Mansion, Jalan Masjid India in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud who was on site, gave a speech at around 11.50am, confirming the operation and that arrests had begun.

He said he expected that around 200 undocumented migrants would be arrested.