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Marine police nab 24 illegals, thwarts fish bombing

The Filipino illegal immigrants detained by marine police in Sandakan.

18th April, 2019


SANDAKAN: The marine police detained 24 Filipino illegal immigrants who attempted to sneak into Sabah’s east coast over the past 48 hours.

Sabah marine police commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the first case saw a speedboat from Pulau Taganak, Philippines stopped by the marine police in Tanjung Aru waters as it was heading towards Sandakan about 11.45pm on Monday.

“They consist of five men and six women, aged 18 to 47, and the boatman, aged 19, who are all Filipinos,” Mohamad Pajeri said.

The speedboat was powered by two outboard engines of 40 HP, he added.

Preliminary investigations revealed the passengers had paid the boatman an undisclosed amount of money to ferry them to Sabah.

IN SEMPORNA, the marine police strike team (UNGERIN) and crew from the combat boat RH 46 intercepted a wooden boat powered by three pump engines in Singamata waters during “Op Gelora Khas” at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Based on information received from the marine police intelligence unit, the marine police team thwarted the attempt by the wooden boat believed to be originated from Bongao, Philippines to ferry illegal immigrants to Sabah, Mohamad Pajeri said.

According to the commander, apart from the boatman and his assistant, aged 40 and 20, there were five men, three women and two girls onboard the wooden boat when checked by the marine policemen.

When questioned, the group admitted they each paid 2,500 pesos for the journey from Bongao, Philippines to Semporna, he added. “We are investigating the two cases under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (amendment 2010),” Mohamad Pajeri said.

The value of the seizure including boat and three pump engines was estimated worth RM 10,863, he added.

MEANWHILE IN LAHAD DATU, the marine police foiled fish bombing activities in Kunak Jaya waters about 2.00pm on Tuesday.

Marine policemen seized five bottles containing ammonium nitrate fertilizer which the suspects used for fish bombing, from an abandoned pump boat at the shore of Kampung Air Sri Langgas, Mohamad Pajeri said.

At least two men managed to escape before the pursuing marine police patrol boat caught up with them, he added. The pump boat and one 16 HP pump engine estimated worth RM 2,575 were taken back to the Lahad Datu marine police base for investigation under the Sabah Fisheries Act 1985, Mohamad Pajeri said.

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