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Police Patrols Pressure Pirates

As the swell of the Strait of Malacca rocked the deck of a timber-laden barge, a handful of terrified faces blinked in the glare of a searchlight from a Malaysian patrol boat. “Who’s out there?” boomed a voice on a loudspeaker. Tharamadurai Ramanathan, the skipper of the marine police boat Sri Tawau, ordered the barge to heave to in the darkness just 20 miles off Port Klang, half way up the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. Within minutes, the boat was roped alongside, and navy blue uniformed officers toting submachine guns leaped aboard to find 16 more people hiding beneath the cargo of sawn planks. The Indonesian immigrants making the night run to Malaysia in search of jobs had no place to hide. “This is what we catch mostly these days,” Tharamadurai said as his men stood watching over the shivering Indonesians, who looked desperate enough to jump overboard given a chance. Full Story

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