KUALA LUMPUR: – The Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia will work closely with the Royal Malaysian Police to assist investigations into the alleged trespassing by 17 Indonesians, comprising police, army and civilians into Malaysia through Pulau Sebatik, Tawau on Friday.
Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Herman Prayitno said the Indonesian consulate in Tawau was monitoring and exchanging information with Malaysian police over the incident.
“At the same time, the Consulate-general in Tawau (Muhammad Soleh) had directed his officers to patrol the area and increase security in Tawau waters and surrounding areas together with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and police.
“Once investigations are completed, the 17 detainees will be deported to their country,” he said today.
Herman said apart from ensuring that the strong relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia remained intact, the cooperation was also to ensure there would not be any unlawful intrusion in the future.
On Friday, Malaysian police detained 17 Indonesians who were armed with pistols and revolvers for trespassing into Malaysia through Pulau Sebatik borders in Tawau.
Malaysian police had earlier detained an Indonesian who is a murder suspect and held him at the police station while the Indonesian authorities came to pick up the suspect for the crime committed in their country on March 10.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid had yesterday said the group in plainclothes was equipped with firearms and came in with the purpose of identifying an alleged murder suspect.
Noor Rashid had said the Indonesian group consisting 10 policemen, four army personnel and three civilians were currently being held at the Tawau police station. – BERNAMA