Saturday, February 24, 2007

12 People Caught Crammed into a Proton Satria

KUALA LUMPUR: The 11 Myanmar illegal immigrants could barely breathe as they emerged yesterday from a car meant for five after a 450km drive from Kangar.

The group, including four women, had been totally unprepared for the last part of the journey: A high-speed car chase in the heart of the city.

As eight police patrol cars chased their Proton Satria from Jalan Tun Perak to Sentul, the illegals were knocked about the vehicle.

But the driver’s bid to flee ended when he rammed the car into the gate of an abandoned building in Jalan Ipoh Kecil, Sentul.

Policemen were shocked to see 12 people emerge from the car, which had its rear seats removed to accommodate the group.

The group had not been detected along the journey as the windows were tinted.

The drama began when the car was flagged down by two policemen on patrol at the junction of Jalan Tun Perak-Jalan Raja Laut at 9.40am.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said the police felt suspicious because of the erratic manner in which the car was driven.

The driver slowed down but sped away when one of the policemen walked towards the car.

"My men pursued the driver in their patrol car with seven other patrol cars joining in the chase," he said.

The chase ended about 10 minutes later when the suspect lost control of the vehicle.

The driver, a grocery shop assistant and part-time security guard from Perlis, tried to flee on foot but was overpowered by a policeman.

All the illegals, aged between 14 and 42, did not have travel documents.

"Checks are under way to find out where the driver was taking them to."

The driver could be jailed for up to five years and caned six times besides being fined between RM10,000 and RM50,000 for harbouring each immigrant.

The Satria was fitted with a false registration number plate. The car also bore a false road tax disc.

The 11 will be handed to the Immigration Department after investigation.

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1 comment:

Rauff said...

False road tax disc? Now what happened to the claim by RTD that the roadtax have better security feature and is harder to falsify? I sense there is a deeper operation here.

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