KUCHING: Fourteen Indonesian illegal immigrants were ordered to return to their home country after they were caught entering Sarawak via rat trails in Tebedu and Biawak, Lundu recently.
They were caught in three separate incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday by the Malaysian army guarding the Sarawak-West Kalimantan border.
A spokesman for the First Infantry Division Headquarters said two men aged 39 and 42 were arrested at 10.05am on Tuesday in Tebedu.
Meanwhile, seven other men aged between 19 and 52 were intercepted in the Biawak area at about 5pm on Tuesday, while a woman and four men aged 24 to 47 were also detained in the area around 11am on Wednesday.
All of the detainees did not have any valid travel documents and were trying to enter the country illegally through rat-trails along the Malaysia-Indonesia border, the army said in a statement.
The illegal immigrants admitted to entering the state in search for employment opportunities when interrogated.
Malaysian armed forces personnel on duty at the border would continue to be vigilant as the number of illegal immigrants entering the state to seek employment is increasing as the country enters the Covid-19 endemic phase.