KOTA BHARU: The Investigation Committee on Governance, Procurement and Finance (JKSTUPKK) conducted a three-day working visit to the Eastern Sector, beginning on Tuesday (Sept 22), to oversee the surveillance and security control of Ops Benteng.
Pengkalan Chepa 8 Brigade Army Camp said in a statement today that the visit was led by the committee’s chairman, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.
It said the visit was to strengthen co-operation between security forces at all levels to combat cross-border crimes, including illegal immigrant intrusions.
“Since the implementation of Ops Benteng in May, some 102 illegal immigrants have been arrested and RM1.2 million worth of items seized from smugglers entering the country’s waters.
“This success shows the good collaboration between security agencies in implementing Ops Benteng,” the statement said.
Among the locations the delegation visited included the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security complexes in Pengkalan Kubur and Rantau Panjang; the Pengkalan Pulau, Jeram Perdah and Tok O’ posts; the tactical base in Lubok Setol; and the Immigration Detention Depot in Tanah Merah.
They were also briefed on the implementation of Ops Benteng in the Eastern Sector, before taking a boat ride down the Takbai estuary and Sungai Golok for a first-hand look at the real situation, problems and challenges faced by security agencies in Kelantan involved in Ops Benteng at the Malaysia-Thailand border.-Bernama