Tapah Prison, Perak state, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Malaysian authorities are hunting a 36-year-old Indonesian man who escaped from a prison in Perak state on Thursday afternoon. The prisoner, who went by only one name, Kobus, was believed to have fled through a back gate while performing routine labor duties at the Tapah Prison oil-palm plantation, the China Press reported.

Tapah district police received information about the disappearance of the prisoner at around 2:40pm on Thursday. At the time of his escape, Kobus was shirtless, and wearing only bright-green dungarees, rubber boots and gray hat.

The prisoner is believed to have fled out the back yard of the plantation, heading toward the Air Kuning area. Police and officers from the prison were conducting the search.

The runaway inmate, who was serving under Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for overstaying in the country without a valid pass or permit, was scheduled to be released on July 8.

The case is now being investigated under Section 224 of the Penal Code, which stipulates that anyone trying to escape from the authorities’ custody shall face a jail term of up to two years, or be fined, or both, on conviction.

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