Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

9 missing after second boat with Indonesian workers sinks off Malaysia

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this photo released by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Malaysian marine police officers stand on the deck of a boat after they retrieved bodies of a capsized boat off Sungai Air Hitam in Banting, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. At least 60 people survived when a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians capsized and sank early Wednesday after leaving Malaysia's west coast, but 32 others are still missing and five bodies have been recovered, Malaysia's maritime agency said. (AP Photo/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Enlarge Image

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this photo released by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Malaysian marine police officers stand on the deck of a boat after they retrieved bodies of a capsized boat off Sungai Air Hitam in Banting, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. At least 60 people survived when a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians capsized and sank early Wednesday after leaving Malaysia's west coast, but 32 others are still missing and five bodies have been recovered, Malaysia's maritime agency said. (AP Photo/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Nine people were missing after another boat carrying 27 Indonesians overturned early Thursday off Malaysia's west coast, the country's maritime agency said, in the second such recent incident.

The incident came just a day after an overcrowded wooden boat carrying Indonesian illegal immigrants home sank in choppy seas, with 25 people still missing. Ten people died in that accident, but at least 62 people survived.

Maritime agency official Mohammad Zuhri said the second boat capsized early Thursday off Sepang town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. He said 18 people, including four women, were rescued by passing merchant ships but nine others are still missing.

The boat was believed to have been headed to Tanjung Balai in Indonesia's Sumatra island, he said.

Tens of thousands of Indonesians work without legal permits in plantations and other industries in Malaysia, and they travel between the countries by crossing the narrow Strait of Malacca, often in poorly equipped boats.

On Wednesday, a boat with 97 Indonesians capsized about 2 nautical miles (3.7 kilometres) from shore on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur while trying to leave Malaysia illegally for Aceh province in Indonesia.

District maritime official Mohamad Hambali Yaakup said several dozen vessels and a helicopter were scouring the area Thursday to find the 25 missing people.

Survivors were rescued at sea and found on land after swimming to safety. They included 12 women and a child. A woman and nine men were among the dead.

Indonesian Ambassador Herman Prayitno told local media late Wednesday that the immigrants in the boat to Aceh had paid up to RM1,200 ($373) each for the trip back to Indonesia ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He said the boat was overloaded.

"It is a sad tragedy," he said. "Many of them were in the country illegally as their tourist visas had expired and they had overstayed. They were finding work here but were on their way back to Indonesia for Ramadan."

Such incidents are common in Malaysia, which has up to 2 million illegal Indonesian migrants.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media