6 illegal immigrants, female ‘tekong’ arrested attempting to cross border

Armed forces with the illegal immigrants who tried to cross over to Indonesia.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 4: Six illegal immigrants from Indonesia and a local female ‘tekong’ or ground coordinator, who tried to enter Indonesia from Sarawak through an illegal entry point were captured by armed forces personnel.

According to a press statement from the first Infantry, there was an attempt to bring illegal immigrants to Indonesia through rat trails at a farm at Kampung Biawak, Lundu located approximately 1 kilometre from the Malaysia-Indonesia border.

In the incident which happened on July 3 at 9am, Sergeant Azizan Basri together with five soldiers conducting an operation had stopped a four-wheel drive vehicle carrying the Malaysian woman and six Indonesians.

It is believed that they attempted to use a ‘jalan tikus’ or rat trail to cross over to Indonesia.

After inspection, it was discovered that two Indonesians had expired passports while the remaining four Indonesians did not possess valid travelling documents.

All of them were arrested for further investigation.

It added the incident has been reported to the officer-in-charge Lieutenant Colonel Shamzaini Misran whereby all their belongings such as mobile phone, cash and four-wheel drive vehicle valued at RM58,913 were brought to the Lundu police station for further action.

Through Op Benteng, the army said it is always on the guard to beef up national security and prevent any cross border crime which could affect the sovereignty of the country from happening.—DayakDaily