Army foils bid to smuggle illegals out

The illegal immigrants.

LUNDU: A man’s bid to smuggle out five illegal immigrants was foiled by the army on Sunday (June 27).

The ambush team, which was conducting Ops Awas, Ops Parang and Ops Kerangka, detained a van at a rat trail in Biawak town around 10.30am.

District police chief DSP Damataries Lautin, who confirmed the case, said the van was driven by a 57-year-old man, believed to be a tekong (agent), who was transporting five Indonesians — four men and a woman.

“Further inspections found that all the illegals, aged between 24 and 44, have expired travel documents.

“They also claimed to be working from various manufacturing sectors in Sibu and they wanted to return to their country of origin,” he said.

The van driver and the illegals were detained under Section 26J of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155).

Damataries added that all the detainees were tested negative for Covid-19 after swab tests were conducted at Lundu Hospital on the same day.

Also seized were eight phones, RM8,020 cash and some foreign cash.