KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GOF) Sarawak recorded more arrests, deportations of immigrants and contraband goods seizures worth RM27.27 million in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year.
GOF commander SAC Saini Bongkek revealed that from January to June, the brigade carried out 229 raids and made 754 arrests and deportations.
“We arrested 149 locals comprising 128 men and 21 women and 169 foreigners comprising 137 men and 32 women.
“Meanwhile, 436 Indonesians comprising 367 men and 69 women were deported.
“There is an increase compared to the same period last year,” he told a press conference on Sunday (July 5).
The contraband goods seized comprised smuggled cigarettes worth RM16,387,683.10; logs worth RM4,926,682.60; vehicles worth RM4,449,850; smuggled alcohol beverages worth RM562,526.99; drugs worth RM28,865; protected flora and fauna worth RM222,000; and other seizures worth RM691,067.63.
Saini pointed out that the arrests and seizures were investigated under the Immigration Act 1963, Customs Act 1967, Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (Atipsom) 2007, Sarawak Forest Ordinance 2015, Sarawak Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998 and other relevant Acts.
Asked how the brigade would combat the issue of smuggled goods, Saini said it would try to block the smuggling of cigarettes as much as it could in the state.
He urged the public to cooperate with the authorities by providing any information on smuggling activities and entry of illegal immigrants so that legal actions could be taken.