Malaysia stops tanker heading to Aust

Malaysia stops tanker heading to Australia

SBS News – 6 May 2018

A people-smuggling syndicate with links to Australia has been smashed by Malaysian police who have intercepted a tanker off the coast of southern Johor state.

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

Authorities halted the modified tanker on Tuesday off the coast of southern Johor state, national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement Saturday.

He said the immigrants included 98 men, 24 women, four boys and five girls.

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