PONTIAN: Ten illegal immigrants from Indonesia and four suspected human smugglers were arrested by the General Operations Force (GOF) during a raid in Jalan Kampung Serong Laut, Serkat, here.
GOF Fifth Battalion commander Superintendent Dimin Awang said the raid was carried out around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday June 27 on a house the union was using to transit illegal immigrants.
Those arrested were five Indonesian men and five Indonesian women aged 18 to 36, while the carriers were local men aged 21 to 45.
“The suspects confessed that they entered the country aboard a boat via an unknown route and landed in Kampung Kubur, Telok Kerang.
“The transporter then took the illegal immigrants to Kampung Serong Laut’s house, waiting to be transported to Johor Baru and Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement on Monday (June 28th).
Police also confiscated four vehicles used to transport immigrants.
“All of the confiscated items are worth 197,537 RM and the suspects were brought to Pontian District Police Headquarters for further action,” he said, adding that the union had been active for a year.
The case is under investigation under section 26A of the Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, which provides for a prison sentence of up to 15 years or a fine or both if convicted.
Those arrested would also be investigated under section 6 (1) (C) and section 5 (2) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for entering the country without a valid permit. which provides for a fine not exceeding RM 10,000 or a prison term. up to five years, or both, and up to six lashes on conviction.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Dimin said that this year, the GOF’s Fifth Battalion arrested 124 people for human trafficking, including 51 residents, 67 Indonesians, one Bangladesh, one Myanmar and four from China.
“Thirty-two reports were made under the Customs Law of 1967, Immigration Law, Atipsom Law, Firearms Law, Explosives Law and others.” , he said, adding that the GOF also confiscated items worth over RM18 million.