ESSCom detains 47 illegal immigrants in “Ops Gasak 4”


SANDAKAN: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) has arrested 47 illegal immigrants and two individuals for offences relating to the use of pump boat during the “Ops Gasak 4” at Kampung Bahagia water village, about ten kilometres from here.

ESSCOM Special Forces Chief of Staff SAC Md Rusli Mat Junus said the operation, which began at 4 am and ended at 10.45 am, focused on the water village which had been suspected of being the hideouts for illegal immigrants.

He said a total of 215 individuals were screened, 110 of whom were taken to the Sandakan Temporary Detention Centre for further investigation while 47 who were suspected to be illegal immigrants were handed over to the Immigration Department for documentation process before being repatriated to their country of origin.

“They were nabbed for not having valid identification and travel documents or for having dubious documents. “The Ops Gasak is part of ESSCOM’s ongoing operation to cleanse the country especially Sabah’s east coast of illegal immigrants,” he said.

Md Rusli said this after inspecting the operation at Kampung Bahagia near here yesterday. Also present were Special Forces Chief of Staff SAC Awang Besar Dullah, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations Centre Col Nahar Azmi Mahmud, Special Forces Assistant Chief of Staff ACP Mohamad Abdul Halim and ESSCOM Brigade Commander Col Abdul Razak Harun.

Md Rusli said apart from ESSCOM, the operation also involved the Immigration Department, National Registration Department, Sandakan Municipal Council, the police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd (SESB), Customs Department, Road Transport Department and Civil Defence Department.

He said the joint operation was also to curb illegal electricity connection activities in the squatters’ areas which had resulted in huge losses to SESB and the government.

“We have also detained two individuals for offences relating to the use of pump boats.

“ESSCOM will carry out similar operations in other districts in the east coast of Sabah as the government is serious in combating any activity that violates the laws of the country including illegal immigration.

“This operation was conducted smoothly without any untoward incident,” Md Rusli said.

By :
New Sabah Times