Our border police are prepared

State Police Commissioner (CP) Datuk Aidi Ismail speaking to reporters at a press conference after the duty handing over ceremony at Sarawak Police Contingent headquarters, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Police personnel on duty at Sarawak’s borders are prepared to face any threat that could harm the peace and security of the state.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail assured that so far, there have been no cases of armed smuggling in the state.

However, such matter cannot be taken lightly following the Malaysia-Thailand border incident where a General Operations Force (GOF) personnel was shot dead and another injured on Nov 24.

“We will ensure that our personnel on duty at the state’s border will be prepared for any threat that may occur,” he said in a press conference at Sarawak Contingent Police Headquarters today.

He pointed out that in Sarawak, most smuggling activities occurring at the borders and waters (beaches and ports), had been identified as well as border crossings.

Apart from that, Sarawak GOF also has special teams to deal with smuggling cases in the state

On Sarawak’s crime index, he said on average the cases in the state were still under control.

“However, two cases on the rise are house break-ins and thefts, while other cases such as motor thefts and violence are decreasing.

“I believe that our new CID chief will establish a special team to eradicate such break-in activities in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and other district,” he said.

He explained that the break-ins involved unoccupied houses or second houses in the village or outside the district.

“Although there is not much losses incurred in these (unoccupied) houses, it is still a criminal case,” he explained.