KLANG - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency nabbed 10 illegal immigrants attempting to sneak into the country in an early morning operation in Selangor waters.
District maritime director Captain Abu Zaki Mohammad said among those arrested were the vessel's Indonesian captain and two of his crew, as well as seven Bangladeshi nationals.
"They were nabbed about a nautical mile away from shore, near Pulau Pintu Gedung at around 2.30am on Wednesday," he said.
Those nabbed were between 27 and 39 years old and were aboard an unregistered vessel.
Early investigations found that none of them had valid travel documents, and they were later escorted to DM4 Jetty in Selangor for further investigations.
The case is being investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.
Kapt Abu Zaki said that the agency had also detained a Malaysian Class B fishing boat 13 nautical miles from Pulau Angsa near here with four foreigners on it.
He added the boat was operating without the written consent from the Fisheries Department director-general to hire foreign workers, as required by the law.
The Indonesians, aged from 21 to 52, were currently detained to help with the investigations.
"The case is being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985 and the Immigration Act 1959/63,'' said Kapt Abu Zaki.
He said both cases were detected during a routine patrol by the agency.
He also urged members of the public to alert the agency if they knew of any maritime-related crimes.