LUNDU, SARAWAK (BERNAMA) – As many as 49 new rat trails have been identified in Sarawak that are used by illegal immigrants to enter and exit the Malaysian state.
Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) Chief Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang yesterday said the town of Biawak is one of the areas in the state which has many hotspots that must be controlled to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, curb cross-border crimes and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“‘Ops Benteng’ involves the integrated cooperation of all the enforcement and security agencies in thwarting the entry of illegal immigrants, whether by land or sea.
“This operation will be continued so that rat lanes can be closed and monitored tightly, and control will be enhanced at hotspots,” he said.
He said this at a press conference after a working visit to Pos Kawalan Biawak and presenting Aidilfitri and Gawai goody packages.
Affandi said the ATM, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and other enforcement and security agencies will remain committed in implementing ‘Ops Benteng’ through integrated coordination and will ensure the country’s borders (both land and sea) are not compromised.