JOHOR BARU: Three Malaysians were nabbed by the police in Kota Tinggi for suspected human trafficking offences.
The locals, believed to be a boat skipper (tekong) and his crew, were caught Monday (Oct 7) night together with two Indonesian immigrants.
According to a press release from Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ashmon Bajah, all five suspects were travelling in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) at a quarry area in Sungai Rengit, Kota Tinggi, when police intercepted them.
“Two police vehicles with one officer and seven personnel were involved in conducting the arrest,” he added when contacted.
A Honda Odyssey MPV along with 4.6mil Indonesian rupiah (RM1,362) in cash were confiscated following the arrest.
The individuals were arrested on suspicion of conducting human trafficking and usage of uncharted areas to exit Malaysia.
All five suspects will be investigated under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Atipsom) and the Immigration Act 1959/63.
This operation is one of many the Ops Pintas Selatan that have been ongoing since the beginning of the year.
As of the end of September, a total of 47 raids have been conducted which saw the arrest of some 19 tekong and 148 illegal immigrants.
Within the same timeframe last year, Ops Pintas Selatan conducted 30 raids and saw the arrests of 24 tekong and 193 illegal immigrants.
All those arrested have been tried in court.
The public are urged to report any suspicious activities linked to human trafficking on the shores of Malaysia to the nearest police station.
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