Army nabs 16 trying to enter the country illegally by boat


KOTA TINGGI: A group of 16 undocumented migrants trying to enter the country via an uncharted route here were caught by the Armed Forces.

The Third Malaysian Infantry Division headquarters said its observation post noticed a boat approaching the shore at Ladang Kurnia here at around 10.45pm on Tuesday (Sept 14).

"We sent a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) team to track the boat’s movements and found the group of immigrants hiding by the sea.

"All 16 of them, including 10 women, were believed to have entered the country through illegal means.

"Along with the arrest of the suspects, aged 20 to 46 years old, we also seized RM2,403.50 worth of Indonesian currency and five mobile devices," it said in a statement.

The statement added that the undocumented migrants were sent to the Tanjung Sepang tactical headquarters here to undergo Covid-19 screening and observation before handing them over to the Customs Department in Setia Tropika, Johor Baru for further action.

"Our QRF and intelligence unit drone team will continue monitoring the area where the immigrants were found, for the possibility that there are others that might have fled before the arrest," he said.

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