Malaysia police detain 105 Indonesian migrants

AP News
Posted: May 26, 2011 3:02 AM
Malaysia police detain 105 Indonesian migrants

Malaysian marine police say they have detained 105 illegal immigrants from Indonesia who were trying to sneak out of the country on a boat.

Marine police official N.Kalai Chelvan says the 89 men and 16 women were caught early Tuesday off southern Johor state after a 30-minute boat chase. He says the boat's driver, however, escaped by jumping into the sea.

The migrants were believed to be heading to Indonesia's Batam island, less than an hour from Johor on a fast boat. Chelvan says they are under investigation and could be charged with immigration offenses or deported.

He said Thursday that it was the third migrant boat intercepted off Johor this year.

An estimated 800,000 Indonesians work illegally as construction workers and other menial laborers in Malaysia.