Rogue guard 'was trying to flee to Batam'

Rogue guard 'was trying to flee to Batam'

PENGERANG - The rogue security guard, arrested yesterday over the killing of an AmBank employee on Oct 23, was believed to have attempted to escape to Batam, Indonesia, via a fishing boat.

Police sources revealed that the Indonesian man, who had previously used a fake Sabah identity, had attempted to use a sampan to make his way to Batam, about 45 minutes away from a fishing village, Kampung Tanjung Belungkor, in Kota Tinggi, Johor, where he was nabbed.

It remained unclear whether the suspect was alone or had engaged the services of a "tekong" (skipper) for the purpose.

Sources believe the suspect could have attempted the plan as it was normal to see lone fisherman in the waters in the wee hours as the village was popular with anglers.

Sources believe the man had attempted to navigate the mangrove swamps to reach Batam, a route that locals said was "difficult, but not impossible".

Via legal channels, the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal is just a stone's throw away, but the suspect would have to pass through Immigration Department checks.

He would also need to avoid entering Singapore waters, patrolled round-the-clock by the republic's coast guard.

Locals said Tanjung Belungkor was not a favoured route for smuggling, because of its proximity to the Pengerang marine base and heavily-monitored Singapore waters.

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