Marine Police Detain Four Filipinos; Nab Local Fish-bombing Suspect

SEMPORNA: Marine Police in Semporna detained two Filipino men who tried to enter the country illegally at Pulau Boheyan, near here, Wednesday morning.

State Region 4 Marine Police commander Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yazib Abdul Aziz said Marine Police patrolling the area during Ops Gelora Khas saw a suspicious looking boat and immediately detained the two suspects, aged 29 and 32, at about 10.55am.

Fish bombing is rampant in Sabah’s east coast.

“Both did not have any identification documents. They admitted that they had just arrived from Sibugal, Philippines,” he said in a statement, adding that their boat was also seized for further investigations under the Immigration Act.

Meanwhile, Yazib said marine police also detained two local men aged 46 and 42 years for failing to produce any valid travel documents when they were intercepted off North East Pulau Mataking around 12.30pm.

He said the men were heading to their village in Kampung Bangau-Bangau here in a boat from Pulau Sitangkai, Philippines via a route that was not gazetted by the Immigration Department.

In a separate incident, marine police detained a local man who they suspected was carrying out fish bombing activities in the waters off Pulau Omadal on Tuesday.

Mohd Yazib said the suspect aged 41 years was intercepted in a boat around 6.50am.

Eight glass bottles, two plastic packages containing ammonia fertiliser and eight detonators believed to be used for fish bombing were found in the boat, he said in a separate statement.

He said a 40hp outboard engine, gas cylinder, fuel tank, two gallons of petrol, a basket containing rope and two fish containers worth a total of RM13,466 were also seized from the boat.