More than 1,000 checked in illegal migrant op

KOTA KINABALU: A large scale operation aimed at preventing crossborder crime involving undocumented migrants saw more than 1,000 people screened in Sabah’s east coast Lahad Datu district.

The operation, held from Dec 1-6, involved several government agencies led by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).

Esscom Commander Deputy Comm Datuk Hamzah Ahmad said a total of 1,331 physical inspections were carried out while 205 vehicles and 486 houses were also checked in the operation.

“From the checks, 19 undocumented migrants were detained under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for the purpose of deportation later,” he said in a statement yesterday.

All good here: Enforcement officers carrying out door-to-door inspections in a crackdown on crossborder crime.All good here: Enforcement officers carrying out door-to-door inspections in a crackdown on crossborder crime.

He said 26 traffic summonses by the police and five by the Road Transport Department were also issued for various traffic offences under the Road Transport Act 1987.

DCP Hamzah said enforcement officers also seized contraband cigarettes with a value of over RM2,000.

“Besides that, 14 compounds were issued by the district council for offences such as the lack of trading licences and illegal power connections at Kampung Panji,” he said, adding that the operation involved 80 personnel from 15 government agencies.

In thanking the agencies involved, he said Esscom would intensify operations to maintain peace and public order, particularly in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone.

He urged those with information on security matters to report to the Esscom operations centre at 089-863 181 or through WhatsApp at 011-63311072.

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