Two local teens arrested for trying to smuggle in Indonesians

KUCHING: An attempt by two local teenagers to bring in four Indonesians illegally into Sarawak was thwarted on Thursday (July 1).

Lundu OCPD DSP Damataries Lautin said the duo, along with the illegals, were stopped by People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel during a routine roadblock check at the Rambungan ferry jetty, near Lundu.

He said they were all in a black Perodua Axia car driven by one of the teens.

“The driver and the front passenger are locals, aged 17 and 18, while all four backseat passengers are Indonesians, aged between 19 and 37, with no valid travel documents.”

DSP Damataries said the teens were detained on suspicion of being tekong (human smuggling agent) trying to transport the Indonesians from Lundu to the city.

“The illegal immigrants intended to go to Kuching to look for work.”

The teens are being investigated under Section 26J of the Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants 2007 while the illegal immigrants are being investigated under Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.