Fortify porous border, urges MP

A file pic of General Operations Force (GOF) 11th Battalion and Fourth Armour personnel jointly manning the Telok Melano (Sarawak, Malaysia)-Temajok (Kalimantan, Indonesia) border in Lundu, about 1,442 km from Kuching during the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) recently. Security officers like these constantly alert to stop human trafficking along the border.

KUCHING: The federal government has been urged to fortify security along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border as soon as possible to prevent any untoward incidents.

Huju Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong suggested a Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex be built at Tapak Megah and Long Singgut, Baleh to curb illegal border crossers into the state.

“In Sarawak, we have four main dams, which are Bakun, Baleh, Murum and Batang Ai. Three of these are located in Hulu Rajang which is not far from the Sarawak-Kalimantan border. The security here needs to be improved” he said.

He added that the CIQ complex would also prevent smuggling of subsidised goods and drugs across the border.

“I have met with twelve Indonesian nationals who were captured when encroaching into the country during the movement control order (MCO) period as the borders were not well guarded.

“Their reason for illegally crossing the border is to find Kayu Gaharu whose value can reach thousands of ringgit, but our concern is that they would bring drugs into the country,” he said when debating on the Royal Address in Parliament on Thursday.

Ugak also urged the defence ministry to form a Sarawak-Kalimantan border security alignments security net in view of the mass migration of Indonesia nationals to Kalimantan in a few years’ time.

“The police station at Belaga, Kapit and Pekan Tubau also needs to be upgraded as soon as possible. Sungai Asap needs a new police station to ensure that the surrounding community will be protected by the authorities,” he said.