Raids against illegals to stop Covid-19, says task force chief

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

Undocumented migrants in a lorry after a raid in Petaling Jaya in May. The crackdown against undocumented illegal immigrants is part of moves to contain the spread of Covid-19. – EPA pic, November 7, 2020.

MORE than 8,000 illegal immigrants from 56 countries were arrested between May and November in efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, said National Task Force (NTF) commander vice-admiral Aris Adi Tan Abdullah.

Aris told The Malaysian Insight that Putrajaya came under heavy criticism for the mass arrests of undocumented migrants, including women and children, which he describes as “unfair” as the government is concerned about security and health issues of its citizens.

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