Action on undocumented migrants for national security, health reasons, says IGP

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said no country would allow undocumented migrants to move freely, especially in the face of global dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said no country would allow undocumented migrants to move freely, especially in the face of global dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — All forms of action taken against undocumented migrants in the country is for national security and health reasons, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said no country would allow undocumented migrants to move freely, especially in the face of global dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this regard, Abdul Hamid said the police will continue to assist the Immigration Department enforce the Immigration Act.

“During the ongoing recovery movement control order (RMCO), the police will continue to intensify efforts to monitor sea and land borders against the entry of undocumented migrants. At the same time, (we will) ensure (there is) no discrimination against those arrested,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Abdul Hamid was commenting on the Al Jazeera documentary, ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’ which claimed Malaysia was discriminating undocumented migrants in its Covid-19 prevention efforts.

He said the report was inaccurate and police investigations were ongoing.

Bernama learnt that the Immigrant Department has lodged a police report on the matter.

Yesterday, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, who refuted the report, said the allegation was baseless as Malaysia introduced the movement control order (MCO) to prevent the spread of Covid-19 regardless of whether those subjected to it were citizen or foreigners. — Bernama

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