Sarawak minister calls for tighter border control to check illegal immigrants

KUCHING (BERNAMA) – A Sarawak minister yesterday called for the tightening of control and security measures at all border entry points, saying porous borders can be detrimental to state and national security.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Talib Zulpilip said, “What we are facing now is that we do not have strict control and we do not have information on the illegal immigrants in the state.

“In terms of national security, these matters are important,” he said at a press conference called to announce the Integrity Leadership Pioneer Programme organised by the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.

Talib said the issue of illegal immigrants is not a new thing as the state continues to thwart the illegal entry of foreigners but there is a need to fine-tune and improve the entry process at the borders so that this issue can be effectively controlled.

Sarawak Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Talib Zulpilip. PHOTO: BERNAMA