Human trafficking bid foiled after boat chase

MALACCA - Authorities successfully foiled a human trafficking attempt after a high speed chase off the coast here and arrested four foreigners, including a woman.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Kuala Linggis district enforcement chief Abu Bakar Idris said that during the 8pm incident on Monday, the team came across a boat carrying passengers from Indonesian waters.

"My men flagged the skipper to pull over, but he sped off. This led to a chase that lasted almost 20 minutes," he said, adding that some passengers on board the boat dived into the sea and swam towards the beaches.

Three Bangladeshi men and an Indonesian woman were arrested at the scene while 13 others were believed to have fled into a swamp, he said.

Those detained were aged between 20 and 29.

Abu Bakar said the Bangladeshis, who were from Dhaka, confessed that they had flown to Singapore and later to Jakarta before making a journey overland to Dumai for an illegal boat trip to Malaysia.

He said the boat had pushed off from Dumai at 5pm before reaching Malaysia three to four hours later.