February 01 , 2002

Police Round Up 215 Africans In Ops

KUALA LUMPUR -- A total of 215 Africans, including seven women, were arrested in a major operation conducted by the police here Friday.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Syed Rahman Syed Kadir said the operation, codenamed "Ops Black Crow", was targeted at Africans who frequently created problems.
"Among the problems frequently created by Africans is the 'black money' scam to which many of our people have fallen victim," he told a news conference here.
He said many Africans had also caused disturbances after getting drunk at places of entertainment.
During the operation, police seized two bundles of `black money' with an estimated face value of US$500,000 from a condominium in Sentul.
Deputy CPO Datuk Dell Akbar Khan led a 600-strong team comprising police, immigration and National Registration Department personnel in the operation which began at 3am.

February 03 , 2002

An Average Of 300 Africans Enter Malaysia Monthly Via BKH

BUKIT KAYU HITAM, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- An average of 300 people from African nations enter Malaysia every month via Bukit Kayu Hitam, a spokesman for Malaysian Immigration said Sunday.
He said that last month alone, 372 people from countries such as the Cameroon, Liberia, Mali and Angola were checked through via Bukit Kayu Hitam.
It was about the same number who entered Malaysia in previous months through this Immigration check point, he said.
They gave various reasons for wanting to visit Malaysia, he said.
"Most of them said they were tourists while others wanted to renew their Thai visas at the Thai Consulate in Penang," he said.
Such visitors usually came on Mondays and took taxis direct to Penang, he said.
"Soon after the immigration gates open at 6am, they come in and leave for Penang. Usually after settling their visa business in Penang they re-enter Thailand from here," he said.
The Immigration spokesman said African nationals except those from Negeria were allowed to enter and stay in Malaysia without visas from one to three months, depending on their country of origin.
He said Malaysian Immigration cannot stop any foreign national from entering the country if the person's travel documents were all in order.
"For African nationals wishing to tour Malaysia, the Immigration has stipulated that they must have a return ticket or ticket to a third country and have a minimum of US$500 (RM1,900)," he said. -- BERNAMA