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GOF steps up patrols at ‘rat trails’ to curb entry of illegals at border

14 Jan 2021 / 17:35 H.

KOTA BHARU: The General Operations Force (GOF) will be stepping up patrols and control at the Malaysia-Thailand border, particularly along the ‘rat trails’ to curb the entry of illegal immigrants into the country in tackling the spread of Covid-19.

Its 7th Battalion commanding officer, Supt Azhari Nusi said the effort was in line with the proclamation of Emergency by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustaffa Billah Shah, from Jan 12 until August 2021 amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.

“During the Emergency period, the entry of illegals will be tackled more seriously in efforts to control the pandemic.

“The locations focused on will be the ‘rat trails’ which have been identified to be used by illegals to enter this country. We also always gather whatever information to prevent their entry,“ he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Azhari said the security control operations at the border area would be conducted with the cooperation of various agencies including the Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Customs Department Malaysia, Marine Police, Immigration Department and Border Security Agency.

He said that 11 illegals comprising five Myanmar nationals, two Bangladeshis, two Thais and two Rohinyas had been detained since the 7th Battalion GOF took over the border control task from the 8th Battalion on Dec 16, last year.

“We also seized two vehicles believed to be used to bring illegals into this country,“ he added. -Bernama

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