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Malaysia Rounds Up 383 Burmese Nationals

16 January 2013

Two boats carrying 354 men, women and children, who are supposedly from Burma, landed in Malaysia on Tuesday night, where local police rounded them up for being illegal immigrants, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports. The boats came from Bangladesh and Arakan State in Burma, and landed on Cenang Island in northwest Malaysia. “One of the boats had 143 passengers comprising 94 men, 18 women and 31 girls. The other had 211, comprising 207 men and four boys,” a police officer said. Another 29 Burmese nationals were nabbed by police near the Thai-Malaysian border on Tuesday.