Police arrested two local men trying to smuggle out 241 foreigners

 IPOH: Police arrested two local men and 241 illegal immigrants in a raid in Bagan Datuk, early this morning.

 Perak Police Chief Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said in a statement that the two men, aged 38 and 63, were suspected of trying to smuggle the foreigner out to Indonesia.

He said his party received information at 3.45 this morning from members of the public about a boat in a suspicious condition stranded in Bagan Sungai Tiang Darat, Selekoh with a cargo believed to be foreigners.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Lower Perak District Police Headquarters (IPD) assisted by the 3rd Battalion of the Bidor General Operations Team and the Kampung Acheh Marine Police Team moved to the location of the boat, but the inspection found that there were no foreigners present, he said.

 “Further inspection in the palm oil plantation area near the scene of the incident has found 40 men and 201 women believed to be Indonesian citizens between the ages of 20 and 64.

 “The boat is believed to be on its way to Tanjung Balai, Indonesia but ran aground due to engine damage,” he said in a statement today.

 He said the case was investigated under Section 55E of the Immigration Act 1959/63 as well as Section 6 [1] (C) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

 “This success is the result of continuous cooperation between the community and enforcement agencies, especially the Royal Malaysian Police.

 “Thus, the public is urged to continue to channel any information related to crime so that the eradication action can be improved,” he said.

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