Army foils smuggling, movement of illegal immigrants at Sarawak-Kalimantan border

SIBU: Personnel from the Army's First Infantry Division here arrested five illegal immigrants and stopped an attempt to smuggle goods out of the country in two separate incidents at the Sarawak-Kalimantan border on Saturday (Nov 14).

The division said in its daily update that the first incident was at about 5.15pm when soldiers detained five illegal immigrants from an unoccupied house at the border at Tebedu.

It said the five were waiting for someone to pick them up.

“When interrogated, they claimed that they were working in Bintulu and wanted to return to Indonesia using illegal border-crossing paths, ” it said, adding that the suspects were later taken to the Tebedu Police Station for further action.

In the second incident which took place at 7.50 pm at Pondok John – about 400m from the border with Indonesia - the team came across a civilian riding a motorcycle in a suspicious manner by going back and forth towards Pondok John to check on the presence of soldiers.

“The motorcyclist was then seen accompanying two four-wheel-drive vehicles heading towards the border, ” it added, saying that the soldiers sprang into action and detained the two vehicles, while the motorcyclist escaped.

It said that five people were detained trying to smuggle out gaharu wood worth RM400,000 as well as 573 bottles of liquor, four tanks of cooking gas, five mobile phones, 96 crates of chicken eggs, 143 packs of Milo, Malaysian ringgit and Indonesian Rupiah as well as agarwood carpentry tools.

The division said out of the five arrested, one was a teenage girl and added that three of the five are Indonesians while two are Malaysians.

All five were taken to the Lubuk Antu police district headquarters for further investigations

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