LABUAN: At least nine illegal immigrants of Filipinos including teenagers and women were nabbed by Labuan police in a raid carried out at the Kiamsam Refugee Community Settlement Scheme here, early today.
Labuan police chief Supt. Muhamad Farid Ahmad said those detained in the operation at 1am comprised two women aged 20 and 42 years old, two children and five boys aged between 12 and 20 years old.
The Kiamsam Refugee Community Settlement Scheme became the focus point of many illegal immigrants, with some of them involved in the various working sector including self-employed and construction field.
“We detained them after they committing an offence of not having valid identification document,” he said to reporters today.
Muhamad Farid said two of the teenagers (whose parent is a permanent resident and Philippines citizen) had long been staying in the settlement without valid identification documents.
“The woman aged 42-year-old who was arrested with her children had been in Labuan since 2018 to look for jobs but without having proper travel documents,” he said.
Muhamad Farid said the nine are being remanded for 14 days and the case is being investigated under Section 6(1)(C) of the Immigration Act 1953/69, which provides a maximum fine of RM10,000 or five years in jail or both and liable for whipping, if convicted.
“We are monitoring the situation around the refugee settlement for possible crime activities and intrusion of illegal immigrants,” he said.