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Indonesians missing after boat sinks



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The boat is thought to have been made of wood, as the BBC’s Jennifer Pak reports.

A boat carrying 97 Indonesians has sunk off Malaysia, with at least 42 people missing, Malaysian authorities say.

The passengers, who include women and children, were illegal migrants, said a spokesperson for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The wooden vessel sank about midnight (16:00 Tuesday) off Port Klang, near Banting on the Strait of Malacca, officials said.

One rescue boat has gone to the area, and two more are being deployed.

Muhammad Zuri, a maritime official, told Reuters news agency that it was “an illegal boat” that was not authorised for ocean voyages.

Conflicting reports have emerged about the destination of the boat.

One official said those on board were Indonesian, working in Malaysia illegally, who were now trying to return home for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Other reports said they were illegal immigrants attempting to enter Malaysia.

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