BUTTERWORTH: Fed up with the attitude of three security guards at their luxury condominium in Jelutong on Penang island, the residents lodged a complaint wiht the state IMmigration Department recently.
Much to the residents’ surprise, the guards, including a 45-year-old woman, turned out to be Filipinos who had been illegally hired by a local security firm for the past six months. Immigration officers who checked the guards on Wednesday discovered that they all claimed to be Sabahans.
State Immigration Department assistant director Basri Othman told the New Straits Times that besides their lackadaisical attitude, the foreigners’ poor command of Bahasa Malaysia also gave away their ploy.
“We found out that the three foreigners, claiming to be Sabahans, had forged travel documents and that the identification tags issued by their employer carried Malay names. We are checking on how the foreigners entered the country and how they had been employed by the security firm,” he said without naming the firm.
Earlier, Basri said the foreigners were among 20 rounded up during a two-day statewide Op Bersepadu, which started on Wednesday.
Checks were conducted in 12 locations, including residential areas, shopping malls and banks.
He said the other foreigners comprised five Pakistanis and 12 Nepalese, aged between 25 and 40.
Basri said the case with the remaining 17 foreigners were similar to the Philippine nationals.
“They entered the country legally but their social passes had expired. Despite overstaying, they secured jobs as security guards.”
He said his department was working closely with the National Registration Department and Registrar of Companies to ascertain the identities of the guards and to identify the rogue security companies.