Malaysia’s border security tightened, ready for anticipated influx of undocumented migrants, says senior minister | Malaysia


Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has directed border enforcement agencies to enhance security. — Bernama pic
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has directed border enforcement agencies to enhance security. — Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, May 23 — Security along the country’s borders, including each and every rat route, will continue to be tightened to prevent undocumented migrants from sneaking in once the Aidilfitri celebrations are over in yet another effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has directed border enforcement agencies to enhance security.

There are concerns, he said, that migrants from neighbouring countries would be trying to sneak into Malaysia as soon as the manufacturing sector resumes operations after Aidilfitri.

“We will ensure our border security is tightened. The efforts under Op Benteng undertaken by the National Task Force membered by, among others, the Police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Border Security Agency and the Immigration Department have so far detained 287 migrants and 28 ‘tekongs’ for attempting to enter the country illegally.

“Those detained were caught trying to sneak into the country’s borders along the Peninsular’s West Coast, the Malaysian-Thailand border, the Sarawak-Indonesian border and Eastern Sabah,” he said at the daily media briefing on the conditional movement control order (CMCO) here today. — Bernama



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