KOTA KINABALU May 17, 2012: Six suspected illegal immigrants yesterday scaled a 120-foot tower crane at a construction site near Likas Square in a desperate bid to evade arrest during a raid by an enforcement team from the Immigration Department.
The foreigners remained at the crane tower, about the height of a 12-storey building, for nearly four hours during the raid around 10.30am, and only came down after they were sure the raiding team had left the site.
Three other immigrants also tried to avoid arrest by jumping into the nearby river but were nevertheless nabbed shortly later by the enforcement personnel.
Immigration Department director Haji Mohammad Mentek said 34 illegal immigrants were detained during the ‘Ops Mahir’ yesterday.
They were among 104 workers who were rounded up in the operation but the rest were released after they were found to be holding valid documents.
Those detained, including a four-year-old child, were taken to the Immigration Department office, and the case is investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amendment 2002), said Mohammad.
Meanwhile, he said that since May this year, the department has conducted 72 similar operations leading to the arrest of 481 illegal immigrants.
Among the areas covered were Kota Kinabalu with 23 operations, Kudat (44), Semporna (1), he said, while thanking of the for providing information to the department.
by Elton Gomes