SANDAKAN – An integrated operation over two days up to yesterday in the waters between Sandakan Bay and Libaran Island resulted in the detection of 28 immigration and port authority offences and the arrests of nine people.
The operation was conducted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Marine Operations Force, Immigration Department and Sabah Ports and Wharfs Department.
Sandakan MMEA deputy director (operations) Commander (Maritime) Mohd Khairulanuar Abd Majid said 19 of the offences were for violation of rules under the Sabah Ports and Harbours Enactment and nine under the Immigration Act.
He said in a statement that seven of the people arrested were Filipinos and two were Indonesians, and that the five men and four women were aged between 19 and 62.
During the operation, the enforcement personnel numbering 30 from the four agencies inspected 53 boats of various types and 296 people. – BERNAMA