Malaysia's marine cops nab 32 illegals hiding in swamp

KOTA TINGGI - Marine police have arrested a group of illegal immigrants hiding in the mangrove swamp along the Sungai Lepau riverbank here.

Region II deputy commander Supt N. Kalai Chelvan said the illegals were nabbed after a tip-off that they had been hiding there for about three days.

"Thirty-two Indonesians, including six women, were picked up at about 2.30am (yesterday).

"The illegals, aged between 16 and 55, have been sent to the Kota Tinggi police headquarters for questioning.

"It is believed that the group was moving from one place to another to elude the authorities.

"They did not possess valid travel documents," he added.

Supt Chelvan also revealed that police have filed 37 cases since January under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 and Immigration Act 1959/63.

He called on the public who have information on human trafficking activities to contact the police hotline at 07-237 2222 or 07-237 6122.