Sep 1, 2000, 12:01 AM
News Code: 9055910
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Malaysia to immigrants Indonesian illegal for point staging Bintan Riau in Bintan of island Indonesian The -- IRNA 1, Sept Lumpur, Kuala seeking Indonesians of thousands for point transit a becoming fast is .Malaysia neighbouring in pastures greener influx new the Friday, daily Malaysia Harian Berita to According political Indonesia's by caused is Malaysia into immigrants illegal of .strife economic and in illegally arriving are week a Indonesians 18,000 estimated An .added it skippers, boat of help the with Malaysia with month, last since point transit the become has island Bintan having already immigrants illegal Indonesian of number unspecified an .Johor especially coast, west Malaysia's Peninsula reached island the on stayed which team news Malaysia Harian Berita A Kijang at arrived Siguntang, Bukit MK Jakarta, from ship a that found on people 6,000 least at with here, from km 35 some Bintan, in port .weekend the over board passengers the of most that saying as quoted was official port A were -- women young some and 40s, late to 20s their in men mostly -- .Madura and Lombok Flores, as such islands other and Java from Berakit, Tanjung to vans of convoy a by ferried then were They by normally Malaysia, into journey their for jetty, small another hour-long the for people 80 to up accommodate can which speedboats .trip post staging the be to said is jetty the daily, the to According to point nearest the is it as illegals the bringing skippers for .Malaysia members syndicate that newspaper the told Hendri, driver, local A the for (dollars US 124) rupiah million a immigrant each charge .trip one-way Wayarabi Hadi Malaysia to ambassador Indonesia's Meanwhile, boat between cooperation close that newspaper the told Alhadar, to authorities for difficult it made countries both from skippers . activities their detect is it that long so for network good a established have They" .said he operation,'' smooth their stop to us for difficult amid 1998 in illegals Indonesian of influx large a saw Malaysia air and sea major a on embarked and crisis economic regional the .them deter to operation /HR End