Raise security issue in MA63 discussion

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: The state and federal governments are told to discuss reinforcing Sarawak’s border in their discussion on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

In stressing this, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said security improvements must be made in tandem with development.

“This must be done together as we shouldn’t be taken off guard like how the official opening of Telok Melano went two years ago.

“When it (road to Telok Melano) was launched, while we aim are to attract people from outside, our Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex was not completed and the facilities were not done.

“When a lot of people crossed over (from Indonesia to visit), we seem unprepared,” he said when contacted on Saturday (Jan 23).

He was responding to calls from both the state government and non-government organisations to fortify Sarawak’s borders.

Wan Junaidi said, the idea of reinforcing the Sarawak-Indonesia border was not new and is more relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic to curb illegal crossers.

“That is why I think it is better for Sarawak, in the course of talking with Putrajaya on MA63, we should also talk about border security, how to strengthen border security and from our perspective,” he said.

On the idea of reviving Sarawak Rangers and Border Scouts, the Santubong MP said such idea will be welcomed by the state leaders to beef up security.

“This will also solve our employment issues by giving work to the people who are specialised in doing this kind of job.

“Sarawakians are good in when they were in the Police Field Force, Sarawak Rangers and Border Scouts, so why not, this is a good time for good people to do things they do best