Monday, 17 December 2012

Cops foil illegal exit bid

Marine police have thwarted an attempt by 66 illegal immigrants to leave the country following an operation in Bandar Penawar here.

Region Two Commander Asst Comm Zainul Abidin Hasan said police managed to stop the group, all Indonesians, after arresting five men who had just supplied food to them at Ladang Mados here on Saturday.

“The five comprising a local man and four Indonesians were arrested at about 12.45pm.

“Following the arrests, we managed to find out that this large group of immigrants was planning to leave the country illegally,” he said in a statement.

ACP Zainul Abidin added that a team of officers, including personnel from the Bandar Penawar police station, quickly scoured the coastline and discovered the group.

“We believe all of them were waiting to board a boat back to their country but we do not know how long they had been waiting there.

“We also arrested five local skippers and two men with permanent resident status during the raid,” he said.

ACP Zainul Abidin said two children and 16 women were among those captured.

He said that this year alone, marine police recorded a total of 41 similar cases.

“We managed to arrest 276 illegal immigrants during these operations,” he said.


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