5,000 soldiers for border duty

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KUCHING: The Malaysian Armed Forces will enhance security along the borders to curb the spread of Covid-19 from illegal immigrants.

Army Chief General Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi said more than 5,000 army personnel were being deployed at border crossings, reflecting the seriousness of the armed forces on the matter.

“Cumulatively, the army have carried out a total of 21 operations at the Sarawak-Kalimantan border to deter illegal entries and smuggling activities.

“We have also strengthened our security and patrols at various known ‘rat trails’,” he said in a press conference after inspecting a roadblock at Jalan Lapangan Terbang here.

Malaysian Army chief General Tan Sri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi speaks to food delivery riders as he makes a brief stop at a movement control order roadblock in front of Kuching International Airport. At left is Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail. Ahmad Hasbullah is the state on a working visit.

Ahmad Hasbullah urged Sarawakians to give their cooperation and lodge report if they came across any suspicious activities at the border.

On the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai festive celebrations, he reminded the public not to use the celebrations as an excuse to defy the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

He pointed out that since the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18, the public should be able to understand and adjust themselves to the new normal in order to curb the spread of Covid-19

Yesterday, Ahmad Hasbullah, accompanied by Eastern Field Commander Lieutenant General Datuk Wira Zamrose Mohd Zain and Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, inspected the roadblocks at Jalan Stapok and Jalan Lapangan Terbang to observe the implementation and enforcement of the CMCO.

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