Bid to smuggle Afghans foiled

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Bid to smuggle Afghans foiled

PENGERANG: A human trafficking syndicate's attempt to fool authorities by bringing in 10 Afghan men through Singapore, rather than the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), was thwarted by authorities here.

Marine police arrested the Afghan men, believed bound for Australia, after they were “dumped” by the syndicate members at Pulau Malang Berdaun in their bid to escape.

The police had initially spotted the boat ferrying the Afghans near Teluk Gabung here at about 1.30am yesterday before engaging in a 30-minute high-speed chase to Pulau Malang Berdaun.

Marine Police Region 2 chief Asst Comm Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said the Afghan men, aged between 15 and 50, had been detained for not having travel documents as well as leaving the country through illegal means.

He said initial investigations revealed that the syndicate had transported the Afghans from Changi Airport in Singapore before bringing them to Pengerang, en route to Batam in Indonesia.

“We believe their intended destination was Australia, where they would be seeking asylum and refugee status. The men had thrown away all their identification documents before the attempted smuggling bid,” he told reporters here yesterday.

ACP Mohd Khamsani said the syndicate had used a different tactic this time unlike previously with “asylum seekers” arriving legally at KLIA before leaving the country via Pengerang or Port Klang.

“They used Changi Airport as an entry point this time. Each man has paid the syndicate more than RM3,000 for passage to Australia.

“The fare to Batam alone is RM500 per person,” he said, adding that marine police were working closely with their Australian and Indonesian counterparts to bust the human smuggling syndicate.


He said the syndicate members would wait at different checkpoints and countries to ensure their operations went smoothly.

“We have ascertained that most of those involved in smuggling illegal immigrants from Pengerang are from neighbouring countries,” he said.

ACP Mohd Khamsani said 191 illegal immigrants had been arrested so far this year compared to 564 the whole of last year.

He urged anyone with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.
<span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">Bid to smuggle Afghans foiled</span></span><br /> <br /> PENGERANG: A human trafficking syndicate's attempt to fool authorities by bringing in 10 Afghan men through Singapore, rather than the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), was thwarted by authorities here.<br /> <br /> Marine police arrested the Afghan men, believed bound for Australia, after they were &ldquo;dumped&rdquo; by the syndicate members at Pulau Malang Berdaun in their bid to escape.<br /> <br /> The police had initially spotted the boat ferrying the Afghans near Teluk Gabung here at about 1.30am yesterday before engaging in a 30-minute high-speed chase to Pulau Malang Berdaun.<br /> <br /> Marine Police Region 2 chief Asst Comm Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said the Afghan men, aged between 15 and 50, had been detained for not having travel documents as well as leaving the country through illegal means.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-weight: bold">He said initial investigations revealed that the syndicate had transported the Afghans from Changi Airport in Singapore before bringing them to Pengerang, en route to Batam in Indonesia.</span><br /> <br /> &ldquo;We believe their intended destination was Australia, where they would be seeking asylum and refugee status. The men had thrown away all their identification documents before the attempted smuggling bid,&rdquo; he told reporters here yesterday.<br /> <br /> ACP Mohd Khamsani said the syndicate had used a different tactic this time unlike previously with &ldquo;asylum seekers&rdquo; arriving legally at KLIA before leaving the country via Pengerang or Port Klang.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They used Changi Airport as an entry point this time. Each man has paid the syndicate more than RM3,000 for passage to Australia.<br /> <span style="font-weight: bold"><br /> &ldquo;The fare to Batam alone is RM500 per person,&rdquo; he said, adding that marine police were working closely with their Australian and Indonesian counterparts to bust the human smuggling syndicate.</span><br /> <br /> He said the syndicate members would wait at different checkpoints and countries to ensure their operations went smoothly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have ascertained that most of those involved in smuggling illegal immigrants from Pengerang are from neighbouring countries,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> ACP Mohd Khamsani said 191 illegal immigrants had been arrested so far this year compared to 564 the whole of last year.<br /> <br /> He urged anyone with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.
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