JOHOR BAHRU, Jan 15 – The Desaru coastline continues to be a hotspot for Indonesians to enter and leave Malaysia illegally.
In a raid and operation that began separately at 12.05am today, 33 illegal migrants were arrested near Kompleks Rakan Muda, Desaru.
Tanjung Sedili Maritime Zone director, Capt Mohd Zulfadli Nayan, said they comprised 23 men and 10 women aged 20 – 45.
“The first group that was arrested consisted of 12 men and two women who just came ashore, while the second group consisted of 16 people who were found in some nearby bushes,” he said.
He said the arrests at Desaru were the first case of people smuggling for 2020; in 2018 and 2019, 242 migrants were detained.
He said this type of violation will be investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Amendment 2010).
“The value of life is lost on people smugglers, with boats overloaded to maximise profit. One of the women arrested said she was beaten and that a syndicate member tried to rape her,” said Mohd Zulfadli, adding that Indonesians should cross the border illegally to avoid an untoward incident.