PETALING JAYA: The army caught 13 foreigners trying to enter the country by sea near Bandar Penawar in Johor under Op Benteng.
A spokesman with the Third Division of the Malaysian Infantry said army personnel spotted a boat approaching the Ladang Brunai area in Bandar Penawar at around 2am on Monday (July 13).
"A troop from the 61st Royal Artillery Regiment was sent to the area and found six men and seven women aged between 20 and 40 who are believed to have just arrived from Indonesia," he said.
The army also seized six mobile phones, gold jewellery and cash worth over RM1,700 in both Malaysian and Indonesian currencies.
The spokesman said the army had also caught three foreigners believed to be waiting for their transport to Indonesia at around 1am on the same day.
In a statement, the spokesman said army personnel on duty at the look-out point at Ladang Sungai Tengah spotted a suspicious boat in the area and the army took swift action to stop the boat.
"The foreigners who had been waiting for the boat tried to escape into the nearby forest, but were eventually caught," the spokesman said.
The army seized the boat, seven mobile phones and over RM7,780 in Malaysian and Indonesian currencies and the foreigners were brought to the police station before being screened for Covid-19.
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