23 Indonesians Jailed For Illegal Entry; Five Detained Sneaking In Via Semporna

File photo of illegal immigrants having  their time in court.
File photo of illegal immigrants having their time in court.

TAWAU – The Magistrate’s Court here Wednesday sentenced 15 Indonesian men to five months jail while eight Indonesian women were jailed for four months for entering Sabah without any valid identification.

Judge Amir Shah Amir Hassan meted out the sentences under Section 5(2) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amended 200).

In addition to the jail term, all the accused, aged between 22 and 53, were also fined RM8,000 for the men and RM5,000 for the women.

All of them, from Sungai Haji Kuning, Sungai Nyamuk and Nunukan Regency in Indonesia, committed the offences between Oct 12 and 18 at Batu-Batu area, Sabindo near here.

The court ordered all of them to serve their jail sentences at Tawau Prison before deporting them to their country of origin.

Tawau Immigration senior officer Abdul Malik Ali appeared for the prosecution.

Screen grab from Indonesia television Transmedia on the alleged 'easy entry' to Sabah via Tawau.
Screen grab from Indonesia television Transmedia on the alleged ‘easy entry’ to Sabah via Tawau.

In SEMPORNA, The district marine police force nabbed a boat skipper and four passengers for attempting to sneak into Sabah’s waters off here.

During the 5.30pm sea patrol, marine police personnel spotted a boat with five people on board in Nusa Kuya waters and ordered the boatman to stop.

Upon further inspection, all passengers, aged between 16 and 50, failed to produce identity and travelling documents.

Sabah marine police chief assistant commissioner Mohamad Mandun said they entered Semporna waters via Sibugal in the southern Philippines.

“We detained them immediately and brought them to the Semporna police marine base for their statements to be recorded and for further action.”

He added that police also seized the boat which had a Malaysian flag attached to it.