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Paying RM787 to enter Sabah
Published on: Wednesday, March 04, 2020
By: Winnie Kasmir, Lagatah Toyos
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The illegal immigrants detained by marine police.
SANDAKAN: Marine police here nabbed two Filipino skippers ferrying 12 passengers in waters off Sandakan on Monday night.

Sabah Region Four Marine Commander, ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said, a team of two officers and seven personnel detained them at about 11.30pm.

“All passengers admitted coming from the Philippines by paying 9500 Peso or RM787 per passenger to the skipper.”

“The skippers and all the passengers aged between seven and 60 were arrested and taken to the District Police Headquarters Operations Base for further action,” he said in a statement, Tuesday.

Also seized were two “jongkong” boats and three engines as well as some of their personal belongings estimated worth about RM55,000.

“Investigation is undergoing for smuggling of migrants under Section 26A of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrant (Atipsom) 2007, they can be jailed for not more than 15 years or fine or both, if convicted,” he said.

 The boat seized off Sebatik

In TAWAU, five people were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for separate offences, Sunday, Tawau Maritime Zone Director, Captain Maritime Siva Kumar Vengadasalam said. They were detained during Ops Pluto Timur, Ops Sejahtera and Ops Maharlika III’s routine inspections. 

The first incident involved a local trawler near the Tawau Jetty Pier at about 12.50pm. Initial inspection found its 52-year-old Indonesian skipper with a temporary identification document. 

“His two crew, a local and an Indonesian, aged 32 and 31, were also inspected,” he said. They were found conducting trawling activities without the presence of the actual skipper whose name is stated in the document. 

They were escorted back to the Tawau Maritime Zone Jetty for further probe under the Malaysian Shipping Ordinance 1952. 

 At about 1.30pm, a local cargo boat near Kg Mentadak Baru in Sebatik Island was stopped as it was heading towards Wallace Bay waters from Simandalan Island.

The boat was found with an expired licence. 

 The 43-year-old Indonesian skipper, had legal documents, however his 31-year-old Indonesian crewman was paperless. 

They were brought to the Maritime Jetty for further inspection under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Sabah Port and Harbour Enactment 2002.


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