Malaysia detains hundreds of migrants trying to enter the country on boats
Total of 1,018 migrants, many thought to be members of Myanmar‘s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community, landed on Langkawi late on Sunday night.
“The first capture by the police was made when a boat with the illegal immigrants was stranded at the beach in Langkawi, and the second capture was at Tanjung Biawak, Kuala Temonyong,” said Mohd Yusof Abdullah, commander of the Langkawi marine police.
He said in a statement that all the illegal immigrants that have been arrested and will be sent to detention centres.
Police told the AP news agency that officers received a tip-off from a local fisherman that the boats were coming ashore.
Al Jazeera’s Karishma Vyas, reporting from Kuala Lumpur, said that the migrants were found in “very poor condition,” suffering from severe thirst and hunger.
The Oslo Times