KOTA KINABALU: A group of illegal immigrants have been arrested in the Tawau district here.
The group of 22 Indonesians had recently arrived via speed boats and had planned to get further inland.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander DCP Datuk Ahmad Fuad Othman said the illegal immigrants were nabbed at about 5.15pm on Monday (April 5) after receiving a tip-off.
"The Indonesians were discovered hiding in bushes close to the beach where they landed near Jalan Tawau Lama," he said in a statement on Tuesday (April 6).
The detainees aged between 6 and 60 comprised 11 men, eight women and three children.
"All did not possess proper travel or identification documents," said Ahmad, adding they would be detained and investigated under the Immigration Act.
"We will continue working together to prevent entry of illegal immigrants through integrated ops and patrols as one way to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the state," he added.