KUALA LUMPUR: Following recent clashes between two factions of Myanmar nationals in the Klang Valley, the Immigration Department has found 57 Myanmar nationals holding fake UNHCR Malaysia cards.
Joint operations between City police and the department saw more than 1,000 foreign nationals picked up to check on their documentation.
It was determined that 196 of them did not have proper documents while 57 held fake UNHCR cards.
“We have handed these individuals to the Immigration Department for further action,” said City public order and internal security chief Senior Asst Comm Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid yesterday.
Kuala Lumpur Immigration Department enforcement chief James Musa Singa said 244 Myanmar men and nine women were detained at the Jalan Duta and Bukit Jalil detention centres to facilitate investigations.
Surprised over the number of foreigners holding the fake cards, he said police were now investigating the source of the cards.
“During the operations, we also nabbed two Bangladeshis and a Nepalese for not having proper documents,” he said.
It was reported yesterday that more than 1,000 Myanmar nationals had been picked up by a Kuala Lumpur police task force aimed at averting more clashes between feuding factions.
Seven clashes were reported involving Myanmar nationals in Kuala Lumpur and parts of Selangor between May 30 and June 4.
Two Myanmar nationals were killed while two others are in critical condition.
There had been clashes in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslim ethnic Rohingyas since last year.
Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said the next step was to open investigation papers on the detained individuals.
“We are working to ascertain their identities.
“Action will be taken on a case-by-case basis,” he said.
Alias added that those who could not verify their identity and claimed to be Myanmar nationals would be referred to the Myanmar Embassy.