Uggah speaks during the press conference. (Photo: UKAS)

KUCHING: Nineteen illegal immigrants (Pati) were picked up by the army at the Malaysia/Indonesia Kalimantan border here recently.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that four arrests were made from July 13 to 16 at the Tebedu, Serikin and Serian borders.

“From the four operations, a total of 19 Pati were arrested and had been sent to nearby police stations,” he said during the Covid-19 daily update today (17 July).

Uggah also said that SDMC had requested that the police, in charge of Ops Benteng, to review the roadblock areas in the state.

“This is so that we can determine that there are no more Pati entering the state using rat trails. Because this will be a threat when these Pati enter our state as we know the situation over the border is still very bad,” he said.

On another note, Uggah said for all official government functions in Kuching District, the number of people allowed would be 50 percent of the hall’s capacity.

“While for non-official functions, the number of participants still remains the same at 250 people,” he said.

He said as for other districts in the green zone, the number of people allowed for both official and non-official functions would be based on 50 percent of the hall’s capacity.