A 17-year-old teenager was arrested by the police after he was caught smuggling in 25 illegal immigrants with a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in Jalan Selinsing, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (2 August).
In a statement, Sentul district police chief, ACP Beh Eng Lai said a team of police officers stopped a suspicious Toyota Vellfire during their patrol. However, instead of rolling down the windows, the driver sped away.
“The teen refused to stop when police ordered him to do so and the MPV skidded and crashed into three cars and a motorcycle ridden by a policeman, before fleeing,” he said.
After the vehicle stopped, the police found that the driver is a 17-year-old Malaysian who does not have a driving licence.
It was reported that another Malaysian man who was in the car managed to run away in the chaos following the accident, leaving the teen driver and 25 undocumented migrants from Myanmar.
Beh said the group of foreigners comprising 19 men and 6 women, aged between 15 and 39, and all of them did not carry identification documents.
Meanwhile, the investigation found that the teenager and his accomplice, who had fled the scene, left Rantau Panjang, Kelantan at 3 am on 2 August with the migrants to head to Kuala Lumpur so that they would be able to find jobs.
The teen also revealed that each foreigner paid him RM6,000 to be transported to Kuala Lumpur. This means that the smuggler received a total of RM150,000 from this batch of migrants.
According to Bernama, it was reported that the teenager did not have a driving license, did not go to school and the license plate on the vehicle was a fake.
Beh said all the suspects have been detained to help out with investigations.
Meanwhile, he also encourage members of the public to channel information on smugglers to the Bilik Gerakan IPD Sentul (03-4048 2222).