Villagers detain 5 Lankans in Malaysia

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More than 20 villagers nabbed 24 foreigners including 5 Sri Lankans in Malaysia,  whom they believe  entered the country illegally. The foreigners were handed over to the police, recently.

The operation was initiated by the villagers and  Rela members in Kampung Punggai, Pengerang,  last week. They spotted the foreigners at 10pm on Tuesday and gave a chase.

The drama unfolded when a villager spotted passengers getting out of a van and two cars at a village mosque which has not been used for more than 10 years.

Over the last few years, a syndicate had been leaving foreigners at the mosque. The foreigners then walk about 10 metres to Pantai Punggai where a boat will pick them up.

In the operation, which ended at 1am the next day, the villagers held 14 Afghans, three Pakistanis, and five Sri Lankans.

Muhamed Abu Samah, 54, a Rela member, said his sons Muhamed Faisal, 29, and Muhamed Farid, 18, later spotted another Sri Lankan, on a tree near the mosque at 9.45am on Wednesday. 

Villager Azman Madon, 39, a security guard at SK Punggai, said another Sri Lankan was later found wandering in the vicinity of the school about 7am on the same day. The school is about 50m from where the foreigners were dropped off the night before.

"When the Sri Lankan came down from the tree, he was trembling with fear," Abu said.

"The Sri Lankan said he was promised a job in Australia."

Abu added he was angry that the middlemen were dumping the foreigners in his village.

However, he sympathised with the foreigners who were duped into believing that the village was a temporary stop to greener pastures in another country.

According to Abu, the villagers took action because they did not want the reputation of their village to be smeared by outsiders.

Another Rela member, Wahid Yet, 52, said: "So many lives have been lost. Eight foreigners were drowned in February when a boat capsized off Teluk Semayang waters in Sedili Besar, near Kota Tinggi. We don't want a repeat of that tragedy."

When contacted, Kota Tinggi district police chief Superintendent Mahazan Che Aik said the case is being investigated under section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

He said: "Even those who have documents are being detained to check whether their passports are valid."

Mahazan said the middlemen, if found guilty, could be jailed for 15 years or fined, or both. (Source:The New Straits Times)

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  • citizen1 Monday, 02 April 2012 02:47 AM

    Which minister is responsible for this I wonder...

    Ajith Monday, 02 April 2012 03:16 AM

    Afganistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka...This shows in which line of countries we are in parallel now....

    Marikar Monday, 02 April 2012 04:07 AM

    When COST of LIVING is so high in SriLanka, what can you do?
    Anyone will try to earn a better living, trying to find a JOB!

    Goonerwardana Monday, 02 April 2012 04:13 AM

    What is wrong with Afghanistan and Pakistan? They are two Muslim countries in the South Asia region and they are our brothers. Unlike the Indians who have been interfering in our internal affairs the Pakistanis and Afghanistan people have never done so. They actually love Buddhist culture and the Sri Lankan culture unlike the Hindu Indians. Do not you dare say anything bad about Muslim countries without having anything good to say.

    ElavaluSambol Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:26 AM

    Callie, for once you have made an intelligent remark. Keep it up, man.

    kiribath Monday, 02 April 2012 06:01 AM

    good job ,

    Nodrog Monday, 02 April 2012 06:09 AM

    More than a job I think they are just looking for a better way of life because here even with a job life is unbearable.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 02 April 2012 05:03 PM

    Whoever who says that Afghanistan loves Buddhist culture is obviously suffering from a serious memory loss. Just recall how the Afghanistanis destroyed the world famous ancient Bhamiyan Buddha statues.


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