Friday, May 31, 2013

Syndicate using southern Thailand as base to smuggle illegal immigrants to Malaysia

The Borneo Post

KOTA BAHARUThe 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 Thailand.

“Illegal immigrants who are given express bus tickets would be brought into the country through specific illegal entry points in Rantau Panjang. 

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, yesterday.

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

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