Updated 2 days ago ·
Published on 21 Jan 2024 6:31PM ·
THE Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency apprehended 28 people, including elderly and visually impaired individuals, aboard a fishing boat approximately 18.89km north of Tanjung Luk Pisuk, Tuaran during an attempt to breach the country’s territorial waters yesterday, said Sabah and Labuan Maritime director, First Admiral Che Engku Suhaimi Che Engku Daik
He said the individuals, aged 14 to 70, were detained at 5.43pm after the Sabah Sea Surveillance System radar identified a suspicious boat coming from the direction of the Philippines.
He said an inspection found that the skipper’s name was not listed in the boat’s licence and 12 passengers submitted dubious identification documents, which included four birth certificates, a Malaysian identity card, and a social visit pass.
“The rest of the passengers failed to show their identification documents. A blind 52-year-old man and four women aged between 55 and 66 were also in the boat,” he said in a statement today.
He said the skipper and passengers were detained under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, the Immigration Act 1959/63, and the Ports and Harbours Enactment 2002. – Bernama, January 21, 2024.
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