Minister: Sarawak among five hotspots for illegal immigrants in the country, Selangor tops list

Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (file photo). Photo credit: Parliament Malaysia

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, Feb 29: Sarawak is one of five hotspots in the country with a high number of illegal immigrants (PATI), with Selangor having the highest number, the Dewan Rakyat was informed today.

According to a TVS news report today, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail revealed that other states namely Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Sabah also have a significant number of illegal immigrants.

He explained that the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) conducted a total of 20,880 enforcement operations between Jan 1, 2022 and Feb 27, 2024.

“(During that period) JIM detained a total of 58,508 PATIs and 871 employers who were found to be protecting and employing PATIs,” he said today at the Dewan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur.

Saifuddin was responding to a question from Klang MP Ganabatirau Veraman (Pakatan Harapan-Klang), who stated that people in his area were still dissatisfied with the results of raids on illegal immigrants in Klang’s interior because the number remained high.

Regarding the PATI problem in Selangor, Saifuddin stated that up to eight hotspots have been identified, including Pasar Borong Klang, Pasar Besar Klang, GM Klang, Sultan Sulaiman Industrial Area, and Bukit Tinggi Industrial Area.

“We (JIM) monitored and carried out 36 raids in Klang and picked up 2,054 PATIs.

“That is the commitment we show continuously to deal with this matter,” he said. — DayakDaily