Sarawakians warned against being involved in human smuggling

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians have been warned not to be accomplices in facilitating the entry of illegals.

Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said those found to have broken the law must be charged.

“All relevant agencies must use their relevant laws to charge the offenders to the maximum as they had put the lives of every Sarawakian at risk to emerging Covid-19 variants,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (July 8).

Dr Sim said the porous land border in the state made it a challenge for enforcement agencies to curb the entry of illegals.

“With the increase in operations on illegals by various enforcement agencies, it inevitably contributes to an increase of positive cases in police station lockups, immigration detention centres and prisons.”

“The enforcement agencies have been trying their best (to prevent the entry of illegals) despite being overstretched.

“Our own local Sarawakians must not be accomplice to this and exposing the people of Sarawak to emerging variants just to collect the agency fees.

“Without the (help of the) locals, it is impossible for the illegals to move around in Sarawak.”

Last month, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, who is also the Security Control Committee chairman, said enforcement agencies at the state’s borders had secured the illegal border crossing trails.