Authorities thwart attempts to enter Sarawak illegally

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KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GOF) have thwarted two attempts of illegal entry into the state near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border in Lubok Antu, Sri Aman.

The 1st Infantry Division said three individuals were intercepted at an oil palm plantation at around 9.55pm yesterday.

“The detainees are three Indonesian men aged between 21 and 30, who did not have valid travel documents.

“No prohibited items were found on them and the purpose of their entry into Malaysia was to look for work. They were deported after a police report was lodged at the Lubok Antu police station,” it said today.

The second interception happened at 12.30am at the Lubok Antu Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security Complex (CIQS).

“A vehicle, driven by a local man believed to be the tekong (trafficking agent), was stopped. It had six individuals — five Indonesian men and a woman aged between 30 and 55 — inside.

“A police report was lodged at the Lubok Antu police station and all those detained along with confiscated items were handed over to the police for further action.”

The total value of the seizure was estimated to be RM53,851.90 – a vehicle, five mobile phones and cash.

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