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Crackdown on social media vice: Dept
Published on: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Immigration Department is going all out in its nationwide operations to eradicate vice activities in the country. "When we say operations for example, there are those using WeChat and information technology applications for the purpose of prostitution or to run brothels," said Immigration Director-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

He said the Department views this seriously and will not compromise in actions taken against those involved.

"I can say thousands of people across the country are involved in vice using WeChat, including locals and foreigners," he told a media conference, Monday.

He said such activities will impact the nation if not addressed and vowed that the Department will go full throttle to trace those involved.

"Through the network of cooperation with various government departments, especially law enforcement, police and other departments, we will continue to hunt them.

"We do not want this country to be a place for vice, we don't want them to make this a country of prostitution by providing foreign prostitutes and the like," he said.

On another note, he said the Department conducted a total of 11,632 operations to detect and arrest undocumented migrants across the country since Jan 1.

He said close to 149,000 foreigners were inspected and 36,400 undocumented immigrants including those who have entered the country illegally have been arrested over the same period.

The top five in nationality are from Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand.

In addition, some 1,035 employers have also been nabbed and convicted for hiring and harbouring undocumented immigrants.

As of Oct. 12, a total of 185,066 undocumented immigrants across the nation have been deported.

"The people sick and tired with the presence of undocumented immigrants, and we are here to ensure national security and sovereignty of the country is not compromised, thus action is taken to address this matter," he said.

He also said that the Department is ready to add more personnel manning immigration counters at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Currently there are about 40 personnel manning the counters on shift, with 10 each manning the domestic and international departure counters as well as the domestic and international arrival counters.

He said the matter has been discussed with the State Government and the Home Affairs Ministry.

"The Department is ready to assist but we will also need those in the Malaysia Airports to ensure there are sufficient counters for to charter to the additional immigration manpower," he said.

He said this will be done to ensure the comfort of visitors coming in and out of the country in addition to making sure security is checked.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister cum-State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew urged urged Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) and the Immigration Department to pull up their socks, saying inaction on their part will be damaging to the State's booming tourism industry that saw half a million visitors last year.

She was referring to the perennial complaint of dirty airport toilets and of tourists having to wait unnecessarily long in order to get clearance at the immigration counters. Within 24 hours of an appeal from her, Immigration Department and the Malaysia Airports Berhad gave their word to buck up.


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