205 Indonesian Illegal Immigrants Arrested off Tawau, Malaysia

A total of 205 illegal immigrants from Indonesia were arrested Monday evening for attempting to leave the country illegally Monday.

Tawau Immigration spokesman Surend Jayshee Praser said the illegal immigrants, of whom 55 were women and 31 children, were picked up onboard a ferry off here as they were about to leave for Nunukan, Indonesia, at 5.15pm.

"All of them were brought by pete-pete (a type of boat with an outboard engine) from the coast to the ferry which was moored offshore," he told Bernama.

He said the illegal immigrants, aged between three and 58 years, were without documents. Also arrested was the ferry's skipper, he said.