Monday January 14, 2013
Johari: Secure back lanes at border to check crime
BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The Home Ministry and National Security Council have been urged to focus their attention on back lanes which exist near the Malaysia-Thailand border.
According to Kedah State Action Council chairman Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom, these lanes in the gated duty-free complex and Bukit Kayu Hitam Golf Club near the border were identified as routes which facilitate criminal and smuggling activities.
Therefore, he hoped all security agencies could heighten surveillance and coordination.
“I was shocked to see that the two-layer wire fencing could be opened and cut. These activities could invite crime such as human trafficking and smuggling prohibited goods, threaten security and the country could lose millions in taxes each month,” he said after visiting the area with enforcement agencies.
A survey revealed that smugglers used the duty-free area by cutting open or opening the gate to avoid going through checks at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (ICQ).
Mohd Johari, who is also Kubang Pasu MP and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Deputy Minister, said he would ask for the Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQ to upgrade its fencing by installing two layers of barbed wire 7km into the duty-free zone.
The Customs Department would be asked to re-evaluate their duty-free warehouse situated amid an oil palm estate and the Anti-Smuggling Unit asked to review the location of their control post, he added.
Meanwhile, 190 illegal immigrants who entered the country through these back lanes have been detained. — Bernama