Work together to secure border, DAP told

Datuk Janang Bungsu

KUCHING: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders are urged to work with the authorities in reporting suspicious activities at the state borders, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) secretary general Datuk Janang Bungsu said.

He was responding to DAP Serian chairman Brolin Nicholsion who questioned the entry of illegals from Kalimantan to Sarawak.

“Politicians from all divides should work together. By the same token, DAP Serian chairman should help to monitor, report and assist the authority by reporting any suspicious activities.

“This is in the event that he has any knowledge of new illegal routes being created near border town of Serian,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Dec 5).

Janang said the 1,032 km Sarawak-Kalimantan border needed fortifying which required the cooperation of all parties, adding that the state government couldn’t do everything on its own.

“DAP Serian chairman should urge all his DAP Sarawak MPs to request for more allocations by the federal government so that the security of the 1,032km porous international border can be effectively monitored,” he said.

The PRS secretary general said the borders were covered by dense jungles which made monitoring difficult. He added that so far, 33 illegal routes had been uncovered by the authorities.

“Once any illegal routes are sealed, a new jalan tikus (rat trail) will be created in no time by unscrupulous people to facilitate their activities,” he said.

Janang also pointed out that the border shared with Kalimantan was an international border.

“Border security committee chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said Sarawak has requested for a budget from the federal government for the purpose of constructing border security road,” he said.

Janang added that local Sarawakians should not assist and harbour illegal foreigners.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic, unscrupulous business entities should start realising that the issue is more than just profit, but a question of human lives,” he said.

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