Police foil illegal exit bid by 28 Indonesians

KOTA TINGGI, Malaysia- Marine police have foiled an attempt by 28 Indonesians to illegally leave the country via the Tanjung Belungkor waters after a 20-minute boat chase.

Region Two Commander Asst Comm Zainul Abidin Hasan said two patrol units were sent to the location at around 10.30pm on Sunday under its Ops Cantas Khas (Waters) following a tip-off. The team, he said, then spotted a boat.

"As the officers neared the boat, it suddenly sped off. We then chased after the boat for about 20 minutes.

"The boat's captain put all the foreigners' lives in danger when he rammed the vessel onto the Tanjung Surat shores in a bid to escape," he said here yesterday.

The team, said ACP Zainul Abidin, managed to detain the foreigners, including 10 women, although some tried to escape to the mangrove swamp nearby.

Checks on the foreigners, who were later handed over to the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters, showed that they did not have any legal travel documents.

ACP Zainul Abidin said they had been arrested for trying to exit and enter the country through unchartered exit points and for not having valid travel documents.