Illegal Labor Ship Sinks Again in Malaysia, 10 Indonesian Citizens Died


CNNIndonesia: At least 10 Indonesians were reported to have died when a ship carrying 57 illegal Indonesian workers sank in the waters of Sekinchan, Selangor, Malaysia, on Tuesday (28/12).

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Hermono, said four crew members and 35 passengers were rescued from the incident.

"10 bodies were found while the rest are still missing. The ship departed from the Batu Bara District in North Sumatra," Hermono said as reported by Antara.

Hermono said three Malaysian fishing boats found the boat had sunk around 10:00 local time on December 25. At that time, Malaysian fishermen found about 20 people near the sinking ship.

Hermono said the victims were evacuated by fishermen to Indonesian boats. Based on information from Malaysian fishermen, Hermono said several victims were found dead.

On 27 December, the Selangor Maritime Security Agency (APMM) contacted the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to immediately handle the case.

"Following the incident, the APMM Selangor also carried out patrols around the scene and found a floating body suspected of being one of the victims of the sinking of the ship. Currently the body has been handed over to Sekinchan Police for post-mortem examination," said Hermono.

Hermono said APMM continued the search for victims who were still missing and would provide developments to the Indonesian Embassy.

"The police attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur continues to coordinate with the National Police Headquarters, the North Sumatra Police, and the Tanjung Balai TNI AL Base to investigate and find the perpetrators of people smuggling to Malaysia," he said.

When confirmed by CNNIndonesia.com, Hermono said that the North Sumatra Police had handled the case.

"All the victims who died and survived have been taken to Tanjung Balai (Batu Bara). As far as I know there are 10 (dead) but some are still missing, I don't know the number. The North Sumatra Police understand better because they made the BAP," said Hermono .

This is the second incident of a ship carrying illegal TKI that sank in the middle of the sea on its way to Malaysia.

On December 15, a boat carrying 60 illegal Indonesian workers also sank in Tanjung Balau, Johor Bahru, while on its way to Malaysia.

At least 11 people consisting of seven men and four women died in the accident. Meanwhile, 27 Indonesian citizens are still missing.

The ship was reported to have left the Karimun District in the Riau Archipelago.

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