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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FAM) in a statement said the Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia is working closely with the relevant Malaysian authorities over the detention of 131 Lankans taken into custody when the Malaysian police intercepted a tanker believed to be bound for Australia and New Zealand.

It said the Royal Malaysian Police Special Branch had confirmed that 131 persons believed to be Sri Lankans have been detained at Tanjung Gamoh, Sedili, in Johor Baru on 1 May 2018.

The ministry said out of the 131 persons, 127 were arrested under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and presently detained at Pekan Nenas Immigration Detention Centre in Johor Baru.

The remaining four peoplewere arrested and detained under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act of 2007.

“At present, investigations are still underway, and officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia are working closely with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this connection. While the identities of the 131 persons are still in the process of being determined, initial information indicate that 43 of the 131 persons arrested hold identity cards issued by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR),” it said.

It also added that further information regarding the individuals arrested will be shared when available, and as appropriate, respecting the need to ensure that information thus shared does not jeopardize the investigations that are presently underway.

International media reported that authorities halted the modified tanker on Tuesday (1) off the coast of southern Johor state on May 1, Malaysian National Police Chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement Saturday.

According to foreign reports the immigrants included 98 men, 24 women, four boys and five girls.

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  • Ceylon Sunday, 06 May 2018 04:36 PM

    Who doesnt like to leave this country run by dirtiest thieves and traitors of the country.blame these traitors not who leaving.

    Ahmed Sunday, 06 May 2018 05:08 PM

    i think we will lose our ability apply visa online. those days sri lankans had on arrival visa to malaysia. i think it will never come back again

    Jimbo Monday, 07 May 2018 12:19 PM

    How do you know their final destination unless of course you are one of the organizers.

    Ahmed Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:07 PM

    what do you mean jimbo ? our passport is effected by all of these culprits and crooks. i am saying these kind of activities will bring a bad name for our country and maybe malaysia will never bring back their on arrival visa to sri lankans anymore.

    southpaw Sunday, 06 May 2018 08:53 PM

    The so called self saviours of the main race, should stop its people from fleeing the country to stop the minorities from increasing its population. Where is Amith and Dan when we need them?

    Ceylon Monday, 07 May 2018 12:25 PM

    Above mentioned two names are famous criminals who living on cheating money.these cheap lazy criminals living with good life by maki g crimes.lock up them and give them strokes from cane.


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