Malaysian police detain 75 Indonesian migrants

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 2:51 AM
Malaysian police detain 75 Indonesian migrants

Malaysian marine police say they have detained 75 Indonesian illegal immigrants who were trying to sneak out of the country on a boat.

Marine police official Rosman Ismail says 35 Indonesians were caught Thursday after their boat was intercepted off southern Johor state and another 40 were detained the same day onshore.

They were believed heading to Indonesia's Batam island, less than an hour from Johor on a fast boat. Rosman said Friday that 564 illegal Indonesians immigrants have been detained so far this year for trying to sneak out of the country, up sharply from 371 in all of 2010.

The government will launch a two-week amnesty from July 11 to legalize up to 2 million migrants working illegally as construction workers and other menial laborers.