12 Illegals Nabbed In Tongkaloh Waters; Myanmar Smuggler Held

The undocumented Filipino illegal immigrants plus the Myanmar smuggler on parade.
The undocumented Filipino illegal immigrants plus the Myanmar smuggler on parade.

SEMPORNA – The Marine Police nabbed 12 illegal immigrants who were trying to enter the country during an operation in Tongkaloh waters, near here, Saturday morning.

All suspects, believed to be Filipinos, aged between 19 and 56 years, were detained together with the pump boat they were in around 10.30am.

The Marine Police’s Sabah region Commander, ACP Mohamad Madun in a statement said all of them did not possess travel documents upon inspection and were detained under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959.

He said operations were given focus around the area of the waters as it was identified as among the routes frequently used by the illegal immigrants.

The boat used to attempt to smuggle in the 12 Filipinos.
The boat used to attempt to smuggle in the 12 Filipinos.

Marine police here also detained a Myanmar citizen for attempting to smuggle out 17 containers of petrol oil in waters off Omadal island near here earlier in the week.

“The 37 year-old man was unable to provide valid documents from the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism ministry to carry controlled items,” he said.

Mohamad added that police seized the 40-horsepower boat worth RM28,400 and petrol valued at RM867 for further investigation.

Some of the smuggled diesel and petrol are being used to commit crimes such as kidnapping, robbery and human trafficking in the waters off Malaysia, especially along the east coast of Sabah, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Authorities have been constantly on their guard to foil smugglers in an effort to break the supply chain. Meanwhile, in Sandakan, marine police detained 37 Filipinos for attempting to illegally enter the district early this week.