Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar in this April 8, 2013 photo. (REUTERS/Junaidi Hanafiah/Files)
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An overloaded wooden boat carrying 97 suspected illegal Indonesian immigrants sank off Malaysia's western coast Wednesday, with rescuers searching for at least 42 missing people, Malaysian officials said.The boat was heading for Malaysia, Zuri said, but another rescue official said the vessel was going from Malaysia to Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh.Malaysian rescuers were scouring the area for more survivors and had deployed a helicopter, one large ship and four smaller boats in the operation, officials said.Despite periodic crackdowns on illegal workers, Malaysia is home to an estimated 2 million undocumented immigrants or about 7 percent of its 29 million population.
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