KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Authorities on Friday (June 20th) announced the arrest of two Indonesian men in connection with one of two boat accidents, in which a total of 15 people died and 27 others went missing, AFP reported.
Eighty-two people were rescued in an ongoing search off Malaysia's west coast after the boats sank in separate incidents early Wednesday.
The boats believed bound for Sumatra, Indonesia, were carrying illegal migrant workers heading home for Ramadan.
Adnan Abdullah, head of criminal investigations in Selangor, said police detained two Indonesians, believed to be the shipping agent and co-ordinator of the boat that sank off Port Klang with 97 people aboard.
The second vessel sank south of Sepang district. Twenty passengers were rescued, with seven others still missing.
Authorities held Indonesian suspects under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act, Adnan added.