Bangladeshi Man In Al Jazeera's Documentary Has Been Arrested And Will Be Deported

He was arrested on Friday evening from Setapak.

Cover image via Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia

On Friday, 24 July, the Immigration Department arrested a Bangladeshi man who was interviewed by Al Jazeera for its documentary report titled Locked Up in Malaysia's Lockdown

The Bangladeshi man, identified as Md Rayhan Kabir, arrested yesterday at about 5.45pm after the department was tipped off to his alleged "hideout" at a condominium in Jalan Pahang, Setapak.

In a statement, Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud, who confirmed the arrest, said that the successful operation was the outcome of two weeks of continuous tracking.

"I would like to congratulate all those involved for their hard work and commitment," he said.

The 25-year-old Bangladeshi man will now be deported

He will also be blacklisted from entering Malaysia, according to the Immigration director-general, who said that Rayhan will be banned from Malaysia "forever".

He was being investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) after he was featured in the Al Jazeera's documentary about the plight of undocumented migrants and their alleged mistreatment.

The department then cancelled his work permit with Khairul warning that foreigners who "make inaccurate statements aimed at damaging Malaysia's image" would have their work passes revoked.

Read more on Al Jazeera's documentary case here: