KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) nabbed 561 illegal immigrants during 80 raids this year, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
He said 275 were from Indonesia, 129 from Myanmar, 117 from the Philippines, 13 each from Thailand and Afghanistan, 12 from Cambodia and two from Vietnam.
“To ensure the continued safety of our country's waters from intrusion and external threats, the MMEA will intensify surveillance and enforcement operations, especially at hot spots like Batu Pahat, Tanjung Pengelih, Pengerang, Sungai Rengit and Mersing in Johor, Tanjung Gemuk (Johor-Pahang border), Port Dickson in Negri Sembilan, Klang in Selangor and Tawau in Sabah,” he said in reply to a question fromSenator Datuk P. Subbaiyah.
Subbaiyah had wanted to know whether it was true that the low level of enforcement-expertise integration had enabled illegals to easily enter Malaysian waters.
Ahmad said the MMEA's Sea Surveillance System was equipped with nine radars.