Attempt to smuggle 5 illegal immigrants in rented van foiled

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 30: Five illegal immigrants who were being smuggled into Sarawak were captured during an operation conducted by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the Royal Malaysian Customs Department foiled the attempt to smuggle the illegal immigrants from Indonesia to Sarawak at the Kuching-Serian road.

“While conducting Op Benteng, the results of an investigation found a rented van with five Indonesians hiding at the rear seat of the vehicle.

“Further investigations revealed that the Indonesians have passports but they did not carry the official stamp from the Immigration Department.

“The driver of the van who is a local was also detained to facilitate investigation,” he said during a press conference after announcing the latest Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today.

Meanwhile, he added, the armed forces have captured two illegal immigrants from Indonesia yesterday involving a woman and a child at the Tebedu Customs Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex.

Uggah said both of them have been brought to the Tebedu police station with stolen items which amounted to RM3,000 for further investigation.

At the same time, Uggah also revealed the police conducted six roadblocks in five districts in conjunction with the Op Benteng today.

Uggah added that a total of 1,512 vehicles were examined. — DayakDaily