MAF detain 20 Myanmar nationals near Bukit Kayu Hitam
Last Update: 30/06/2019
ALOR SETAR, June 30 ( Bernama) -- The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) detained 20 illegal immigrants who were Myanmar nationals at a kongsi house behind a petrol station near Bukit Kayu Hitam, yesterday.
Commander of the 6th Brigade, Brigadier-General Mohd Halim Khalid said the arrest was made at 11 pm involving illegal immigrants aged between 20 and 30 years who were believed to have just entered the country through the border fence which had been broken.
"Initially the 6th Royal Rangers Regiment (6RRD) which was carrying out patrolling duty had seen a group of people outside the kongsi house, and shortly after a blue-coloured Proton Wira car left the house.
"The car had been at the house for almost two hours before moving towards Changlun. Suspicious of the situation, the patrolling team led by Mejar Prabhakaran Rajagopal carried out a raid and detained the 20 illegal immigrants,” he said in a statement today.
Mohd Halim said based on initial investigation, the tekong involved, believed to be a local, had promised to take the illegal immigrants from the house to another location.
The illegal immigrants were believed to have been promised jobs in this country, he said.
"All the illegal immigrants were later handed over to the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) in Bukit Kayu Hitam for further action," he added.