Security at the northern borders should be improved – Senior Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR NOV.27: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has been directed to hold a meeting with the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) and other relevant enforcement agencies to discuss the improvement of the existing security forces at the borders.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the army is ready to increase the number of personnel since MAF has the Northern Border Regiment ready to be deployed if needed.

However he said, the increase of army personnel will not be sufficient to stop the smugglers and smuggling activities at the borders and the government is looking at other options.

“The government has plans to build more posts for better surveillance along the stretch as well as acquire new and modern assets for the enforcement personnel,” he said in his daily press conference held here today.

Ismail also thanked the government of Thailand for the cooperation and willingness to work together with Malaysia in fighting cross border crimes.

The Senior Minister was responding to the question of the incident where two General Operations Force (GOF) personals were attacked by drug smugglers at the Padang Besar border this week.

In this respect Ismail added, Malaysia must enhance its security preparedness and response at the borders especially in the northern states.
The Senior Minister also emphasized that the bigger allocation of RM1.6 billion for the Ministry of Defence in the 2021 Budget will enable new and modern assets to be acquired to help enhance the security at the country’s borders.

In another development he said, the Op Benteng had detained 40 illegal immigrants in the operation that was implemented nationwide.
Ismail added, 275 roadblocks had been carried out throughout the Op Benteng yesterday and this included a) Op Benteng/Penawar (RPM, MAF and People’s Volunteer Corps) – 209 roadblocks, Op Benteng RPM -57 roadblocks and Op Benteng Border Control Agency (AKSEM) with nine roadblocks.

“Membes of the public are required to contact the National Task Force hotline at 0116251 1223 to channel the information about illegal immigrants and the cross border crimes,” said Ismail. –Malaysia World News

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