171 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia for walking in large group

A group of 171 Bangladeshis, who were walking in a large group that raised concerns among local residents in Malaysia’s Kota Tinggi recently, have been arrested.
Hussin Zamora, superintendent of Kota Tinggi district police, said the incident, which occurred on Dec 20, prompted the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) to file a report the same day.

He said the Bangladeshi men were arrested by MAF personnel and initial investigations had revealed that they were probably heading towards the Bayu Damai police station, located about 10 kilometres away from their hostel.

The foreign workers wanted to press charges against their agents as they claimed they had yet to be employed after three to six months.

All of them were arrested as they were spotted walking in the front area of Teluk Ramunia Bayu Damai intersection without knowing a destination, but it is believed that they were going to the police station.

“However, all of them had valid documents and it is understood that the agents have yet to find them suitable employment,” he said in a statement today.

Hussin said the Bangladeshi men, aged between 19 and 43, were handed over to the Immigration Department for overstaying in the country under Section 15(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

“All were sent to the Setia Tropika Immigration Department in Johor Baru for further investigation,” he said.
Earlier, a one-minute and 33-second video went viral showing foreign men walking in a group and sparking uneasiness among residents.




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