GOF foils human smuggling bids

SAC Mancha Ata

KUCHING: Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) foiled seven attempts by local ‘tekong’ (human trafficking agents) to bring in a total of 20 Indonesian illegal immigrants from June 2 to 10.

Sarawak GOF commander SAC Mancha Ata said the latest arrest was made on Thursday at 1.30am in which two local men were caught transporting eight illegal immigrants at the junction of Lorong Taiton 18, Pekan Taiton, Bau.

“Initial investigation found that the illegal immigrants entered through ‘rat trails’ (illegal routes) around Kampung Selampit and in Serikin, Bau, before they were picked up by the tekong waiting at the border,” he said in a statement on Thursday (June 10).

Meanwhile, he said two tekong were caught while trafficking a man and three women in two separate arrests on June 6.

He explained that one of the tekong and two illegal immigrants were arrested at Kampung Sepadah, Jalan Bau-Lundu at about 1am.

Meanwhile, another tekong who transported a man and a woman was arrested in Jalan Gedong, Serian at about 5.39pm.

Additionally, SAC Mancha said two local men and a woman along with eight Indonesian men were arrested on June 2 and 3 respectively in Jalan Muara Mongkos, Serian and Serian town.

“All the illegal immigrants had entered the state through ‘rat trails’ before being picked up by local tekong waiting at the border.”