LUNDU: The army thwarted an attempt by five locals to sneak five illegal immigrants back into Indonesia yesterday.
The First Infantry Division, in a statement, disclosed that they were intercepted around 1.45pm at an oil palm plantation.
Five motorcycles were spotted in the oil palm plantation, which is about 735 metres from the Malaysia-Indonesia border.
“Acting quickly, the team managed to intercept and detain the motorcycles for inspections.
“Inspections found that five local men aged between 28 and 41, believed to be transporters (tekong) were bringing five Indonesian men aged between 17 and 38 out of Sarawak via an illegal route,” the army said.
The team seized five motorcycles, 15 phones, jewellery and cash amounting to RM27,839.70, bringing the total value to RM61,141.55.
All of the suspects including the seized items, were handed over to Lundu police station for further action.
In addition, one of the illegal immigrants tested positive for COVID-19 following a screening test.