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KUCHING: The security at Sarawak’s borders will be improved with security forces equipped with dirt bikes to maintain a tight seal on rat trails.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, in revealing this, said the state government would fund the assets needed by the security teams.

“I said to them (the security teams at the borders) that they need to move actively to prevent illegal border crossings as we know our borders are vast.

“They said they need assets, at the very least, the provision of motorcycles to go to the jalan tikus (rat trails).

“And who is going to provide this asset? So I said to them, Sarawak will help to provide the motorcycles where I was told they need 10 to 12 off-road bikes,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune.

Abang Johari said from Jan 1 until 7, there were 170 undocumented migrants recorded. He said this was during the same time Ops Benteng was conducted.

He said among the main takeaways from the Covid-19 pandemic was that leaders shouldn’t be rash in handling the arising issues.

“We must expect the unexpected when implementing the approaches that we want to implement. We must have contingencies in our contingency plans.

“I am thankful that we are prepared for the pandemic as we know it will strike us. That is why when I took over, I think that Sarawak must be less dependent on others and stand on its own.”

He said initially, the federal government said Sarawak must follow the national policy, including quarantine.

“I said no to them. Because under the Constitution, and for Infectious Diseases, we have our own autonomy and we have the power to implement quarantine according to our local situation. That is why we are able to continue with 14 days’ quarantine.

“We were the ones who decided that, not Putrajaya. We said Sarawak needs its own special quarantine and we used our power. We must prepare for the unexpected and thank God, we are able to bring the situation under control,” Abang Johari said.