KOTA BAHARU: The Kelantan immigration
department has identified a syndicate that used Southern Thailand are their
transit centre to smuggle in illegal immigrants, namely Myanmar nationals into
the country through the Malaysia-Thailand border in Rantau Panjang.
Kelantan Immigration Department Enforcement chief Abdul Basek
Abu Bakar said initial investigations revealed that foreigners need to pay an
undisclosed amount of money to a middle man before bringing them to Southern
“Illegal immigrants who are given express bus tickets would
be brought into the country through specific illegal entry points in Rantau
The syndicate does not send the illegal immigrants to a
specific location but rather give them the freedom of choosing their own
destinations,” he told reporters at the Enforcement Division office, here,
Abdul Basek said throughout the implementation of the 6P
programme, 510 illegal immigrants were detained since January.
“Most of them were detained while on their way to their respective
destination on express buses. Most of the illegal immigrants detained were from
Myanmar,” he said.
He added that Wednesday night 21 illegal immigrants were
detained (15 Indonesians and 6 Myanmar nationals) during an operation carried
at five locations in Jeli. — Bernama