SANDAKAN, Nov 13 — The Marine Operations Force (MOF) detained 12 Filipinos who entered Sabah illegally to work in oil palm plantations following a raid at a squatter house in Batu 2, here yesterday.
Sabah Region 4 MOF commander, ACP Mohd Yazib Abd Aziz said the raid was conducted at 11.50pm in the house which was used as a transit, before the 11 men and a woman were brought to the oil palm plantation.
He said initial investigations revealed that the expenditure and fare of the immigrants, aged between 21 and 47, from Zamboanga, Philippines, was borne by an employer from one of the oil palm plantations in the state.
He said the illegal immigrants did not have any personal details and believed to have just arrived in the district, he said in a statement, here today.
The investigations also revealed the immigrants boarded a ship from Zamboanga to Taganak Island, Philippines which was located near the Malaysian border.
After they have landed at Taganak Island, the immigrants entered the district by a speed boat, he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 6(1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63. — Bernama