KUCHING: A state assemblyman has urged the federal government to upgrade the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoints in Sarawak.
Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh pointed to the CIQ infrastructures at Tebedu near here which he described as already outdated.
“The CIQ has to be upgraded,” he said and compared it to the CIQ at the Indonesian side of the border which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
“But look at the Malaysian side, it looks like it is still in the 80s era,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.
Miro regretted that calls to improve and construct more CIQ checkpoints in Sarawak have been largely ignored by Putrajaya and was not even mentioned in the Budget 2020 tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng last Friday.
“So, what is the equality that PH government talked about in terms of development especially in Sarawak?” he asked.
He pointed out that in Bau, particularly, an area which shares a long border with Kalimantan, Indonesia is yet to have a proper CIQ complex.
“That is why a lot of jalan tikus are being used as entry and exit points for cross-border travellers,” he explained.
He said it was high time for Malaysia to have a modern CIQ complex especially at Serikin which is a popular weekend trading centre for Indonesians from across the border.