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Five Indonesians stopped by soldiers from entering Malaysia illegally

30th December, 2020


TAWAU: Five Indonesians including a five-year-old child were stopped by Fifth Infantry Brigade soldiers from entering Malaysia illegally via an oil palm plantation here on Monday.

The Fifth Infantry Division Headquarters in Kem Lok Kawi in a statement on Tuesday said the illegal immigrants comprising two men, two women, aged 28 to 32, and the child, were spotted by the soldiers coming from the direction of the Indonesian border at 5.30pm.

The soldiers were on patrol during “Op Benteng” when they stopped the Indonesians as they crossed into the plantation area on the Malaysian side of the border. Checks found they did not have valid identification papers and were seeking employment in the plantation sector.

One of them was believed to be assisting the others in entering Malaysia illegally as it was the second time he was nabbed by Malaysian security forces for sneaking into the country.

The five Indonesians were escorted by the soldiers to the border where they were ordered to return to Indonesia. A report was later lodged at the Kalabakan Police Station on the incident.

Soldiers were maintaining a tight control of the border area between Malaysia and Indonesia in Sabah to curb cross border illegal activities, prevent intrusion by illegal immigrants and import of COVID-19 without compromise, Fifth Infantry Brigade commander, Brigadier General Zambery Jefry Haji Darus said.

“Our operation will be streamlined through the collaboration under “Op Benteng” headed by National Task Force. Locals working in plantations should refrain from getting involved in bringing illegal immigrants into the country,” Zambery said.

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