SEMPORNA, (April 10) — The authorities have detained nine illegal immigrants during an operation to flush out illegals from 15 resorts and homestays in Mabul Island yesterday.
The operation, dubbed Ops Gasak 5 was held within the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESScom) yesterday.
In a statement here today, ESScom director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek said the suspects, aged between 17 and 50, had been referred to the immigration department for further action.
He said a total of 175 immigrants were screened during the operation which was jointly carried out by the police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and other enforcement agencies.
Last week, 25 illegal immigrants comprising women and children were nabbed during Ops Gasak 4, at 19 resort islands here.– BERNAMA