KUALA LUMPUR MAR: The Op Benteng under the responsibility of the Seventh Brigade Infantry Malaysia had detained 37 illegal immigrants (PATI) from Indonesia along with a dead body entering Malaysia via an illegal route at 5.40am until 10.40am today (6th March).
The military on duty at the Observatory Post had seen the presence of a boat bringing down the PATI at the beach area near Tanjung Balau, Kota Tinggi, Johor. In an ambush launched at 5.40am, 13 PATI had been detained.
Division Three Infantry Malaysia Headquarters, Terendak Camp, Melaka in its statement said, following the ambush the QRF team had traced the presence of civilians in the bush near an empty hotel at Tanjung Balau, Kota Tinggi.
“In an ambush launched at 9.30am, 19 PATI had been detained while five others were caught at 10.40am. In the ambush, a dead body was also found which was later handed to the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) for further investigation. The body was later brought to the Kota Tinggi Hospital for post-mortem,” said the statement.
The 37 PATI detained consists of 22 males and 15 females aged between 21 until 51years and believed to have entered the country via illegal route.
The value of the seized things belonging to the PATI was estimated at RM29,229.30 involving cash money RM1,903.30 and Indonesian currency IDR31,986,300 (RM9,047.65) 31 hand phones and jewelleries.
All the PATI had been taken to the Tactical Headquarters Tanjung Sepang to undergo COVID-19 screening tests before they were handed to the Malaysian Immigration Department, Setia Tropika, Kempas. A report had been lodged at Bayu Damai, Police Station. –Malaysia World News