At least 11 migrants dead, dozens missing in Malaysia boat sinking

A boat carrying about 60 migrants from Indonesia to Malaysia sank on Wednesday off Malaysia's southern state of Johor, killing 11 people.

Malaysian authorities recovering a capsized boat on the Tanjung Balau Beach in Kota Tinggi, Johor State, Malaysia, 15 December 2021

Malaysian authorities recovering a capsized boat on the Tanjung Balau Beach in Kota Tinggi, Johor State, Malaysia, 15 December 2021. Source: SBS

At least 11 Indonesian migrants died and 27 are believed to be missing after a boat sank on Wednesday in stormy weather off southern Malaysia, authorities said.

Indonesians looking for work sometimes try to enter neighbouring Malaysia illegally by making sea crossings in rickety boats and accidents happen regularly.

The vessel, believed to be carrying 60 migrants, went down in the morning off Malaysia's southern state of Johor, coastguard chief Admiral Mohamad Zubil Mat Som told AFP.

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Soldiers on patrol discovered the bodies of seven men and four women on the shore, Mr Som said.



Another 20 men and two women were found alive following the voyage from a nearby Indonesian island and have been taken into custody, he said.

Those missing are believed to have fled into hiding or drowned, and authorities have deployed boats and an aircraft to hunt for them.

"We deeply regret this deadly tragedy," Mr Som said. "I urge migrants not to enter Malaysia illegally."

Relatively affluent Malaysia is home to millions of migrants from poorer parts of Asia, many of them undocumented, and they work in industries including construction and agriculture.


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Published 15 December 2021 at 9:44pm
Source: AFP,SBS

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