By Mohd Yusof Saari
PUTRAJAYA, May 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is to prevent the entry into its waters of ships or boats bearing Rohingya illegal immigrants to avert social problems and security issues, said the National Security Council.
Its secretary, Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, said the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had been instructed to step up monitoring and control in the country's waters, particularly in the north.
He said the council was aware that many vessels were waiting for the right time to enter the country's waters.
"After several boats carrying illegal immigrants slipped through, we are prepared to prevent the entry of more vessels," he told Bernama Thursday.
Last Sunday, 1,158 Bangladesh nationals and the Rohingya community from Myanmar arrived by boats in Langkawi. They were arrested for having no travel papers.....