LUNDU: The General Operations Force (GOF) caught three illegal immigrants attempting to leave Sarawak via an illegal route near Kampung Kandai last Sunday.
Brigade commander SAC Saini Bongkek said the incident happened around 3pm when a GOF team from the Kampung Raso post were carrying out ‘Ops Benteng Covid’ patrols.
“The Indonesian men were detained at PJP Biawak plantation and inspections found that they did not have any valid travel documents.
“Apart from that, they admitted to working at an oil palm plantation in Sarawak and they wanted to return to Indonesia via an illegal route for the coming Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration,” he said.
The team gave the men verbal warnings and deported them to their country of origin via an illegal route.
In another update, a GOF team detained an Indonesian man who entered Sarawak illegally after receiving an offer to work in an oil palm plantation.
Saini added that the detention took place around 7am last in a private oil palm plantation at Kampung Raso.
“Inspections found that the immigrant did not have any valid entry documents.
“The man also admitted that he was waiting for a local transporter (tekong) to bring him to work in an oil palm plantation and had walked for two hours from the border to the pick-up spot,” he said, adding that the man was deported back to his country of origin via the same route.
He noted that these illegal immigrants had committed offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).