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Marine police nabbed another batch of migrant workers

Marine police officers checking through the bags of the illegal immigrants at the Sandakan Marine Police base

14th November, 2017


SANDAKAN: Another batch of illegal migrant Philippine nationals was nabbed by marine police as they converged in a transit house at the illegal settlement off Mile 2 Jalan Utara.

This time, 12 of them including a woman were nabbed during a raid on Sunday night.

The group, aged 21 to 47, were sleeping in the living room when a marine police team raided the house at 11.50pm.

The authorities also found 11 bags of clothes in the house, State Marine Police commander ACP Mohd Yazib Abd Aziz said yesterday.

Several persons who were seated at the verandah managed to escape upon seeing the approaching marine police boat.

Mohd Yazib said the foreigners did not have identification papers.

They were believed to have just entered Sandakan from the Philippines and put up at the transit house while waiting to be sent to an oil palm plantation to work as labourers, Mohd Yazib said.

The 12 were taken to the marine police base for further investigation under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, Mohd Yazib said.

Preliminary investigations showed they were offered jobs at an oil palm plantation in Sabah and their passage from the Southern Philippines to Sandakan were borne by the employers.

They had travelled from Zamboanga City to Taganak Island on a kumpit (wooden cargo boat) and later ferried by a speedboat to Sandakan, Mohd Yazib said.

On Sunday, six Filipinas aged 20 to 33 were nabbed by marine police for attempting to enter Sabah illegally in a speedboat.

The women were travelling on a speedboat that ran aground in shallow waters off Tinosa, Mile 7 after being pursued by a marine police patrol boat at about 2.30am.

The boatman escaped on foot into the mangrove swamp after the boat hit the river bank, leaving behind his passengers.

Three women did not have identification documents while another three had Philippine passports but no entry stamp from the Immigration Department.

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