11 PATI crammed into Proton Wira

KUBANG PASU: The willingness of 11 illegal aliens (PATI) citizens of Myanmar to squeeze into a car to enter the country ended in vain when they were arrested at Kilometer 33, North South Highway (PLUS) heading south in Jitra, near here this morning.

Kubang Pasu District Police Chief, Superintendent Rodzi Abu Hassan, said that all the illegal immigrants were detained together with a 44-year-old Myanmar citizen who holds a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) card.

According to him, the tekong acted as the driver of a Proton Wira car that he borrowed from a local man in Butterworth, Penang.

“The 11 illegal aliens, consisting of two women and nine men aged between 19 and 37, are believed to have entered the country at about 7pm yesterday from Thailand, guided by two men from neighboring countries.

“After crossing the Malaysian border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, the two agents turned back to Thailand while the 11 PATIs were taken by the constables to be sent to Butterworth.

“The vehicle was tracked by the police causing them to be arrested at about 3.30 in the morning. Only the tekong can speak Malay and he claims to have been told to take the PATI by his friend who is also a Myanmar citizen,” he said when contacted Utusan Malaysiatoday.

It is understood that all the PATIs paid approximately RM3,000 to a Myanmar citizen man in that country who acted as an agent to enter the country.

He said the tekong, who worked as a construction laborer in Penang, claimed he was promised a wage of RM500 to perform the task.

“But he claims he has not yet been paid to do so. The police then seized the vehicle and a mobile phone to investigate,” he said.

According to him the case was investigated in accordance with Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (ATIPSOM) 2007 (Act 670) and Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963. – MESSENGER

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