PORT KLANG: The Selangor marine police have detained 16 Indonesians who tried to enter the country illegally using a barter trade boat around 12 nautical miles off Pulau Ketam near here.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 35, were held during the Ops Pantai exercise by a marine police team led by ASP R. Tharamadurai who spotted the boat heading for an island at around 11.30pm.
Upon inspection, police found the suspects hiding in the base of the boat and all of them failed to produce valid travel documents.
Initial investigations revealed that the suspects left Tanjung Balai, Sumatra, on Wednesday afternoon and were heading here supposedly in search of jobs.
The suspects who were being detained at the Port Klang police station would be charged under Section 6 (3) of the Immigration Act 1959 for attempting to enter the country illegally.