Malaysia stops people smuggling tanker with 130 heading to Australia

Kualar Lumpur:  More than 130 Sri Lankans believed to be heading for Australia and New Zealand have been intercepted by Malaysian authorities, smashing a large human smuggling ring that has been operating for over a year.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun says authorities halted the tanker on Tuesday off the coast of southern Johor state.

Inspector General of Royal Malaysian Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He says the modified tanker carrying the Sri Lankan immigrants included 98 men, 24 women, four boys and five girls.

He says police also raided a fishing boat used to transport the migrants to the vessel and detained three Indonesians and four Malaysians on board. Another five Malaysians were later nabbed for suspected involvement in the smuggling syndicate.

AP

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