Army foils bid to smuggle illegals out of Sarawak

The ‘tekongs’ and illegals who were detained at Kampung Stass, Serikin.

BAU: Two locals’ bid to smuggle out nine illegals to Indonesia was foiled by the army in Kampung Stass, Serikin early Monday morning (May 10).

A spokesman from the First Infantry Division disclosed that an ambush team spotted two vehicles from Malaysia travelling suspiciously towards the Indonesian border around 4.15am.

“The team proceeded to detain the vehicles for inspections and found that they were driven by two ‘tekongs’ (agents).

“They are believed to be transporting nine Indonesians out of Sarawak using an elephant route,” the spokesman said.

All have been detained and handed over to Bau police station for further actions.

The vehicles, valued at RM67,073.15, were also handed over to the police.

The spokesman said the army was always ready to enhance control at the country’s borders in Sarawak.

“There will also be no compromise with any party who attempts to commit a crime and cross the nation’s borders illegally at any time,” he said.

The two vehicles which were seized and handed over to Bau police for further action.