Mouse trails a ‘cause for concern’ in Brunei's fight against smugglers


The law enforcement forum held in conjunction with the Brunei Unified campaign at The Mall, Gadong on Feb 9, 2021. - Borneo Bulletin

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Law enforcement agencies face unprecedented challenges in stopping contraband from being smuggled into the country, due to the recurring emergence of new illegal routes (mouse trails).

This was highlighted by Assistant Customs Officer at the Royal Customs and Excise Department Arfian Abdul Kadir during the law enforcement forum held in conjunction with the Brunei Unified campaign at The Mall, Gadong on Tuesday (Feb 9).

Arfian said, “Undeniably, the control of mouse trails is not an easy task because the areas bordering our neighbouring countries are too broad to control and monitor.

“These areas stretch from Pandan to Kuala Lurah. When we discover a mouse trail and close it, a new route will emerge for use by smugglers. This is a challenge for us.

“At present, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) through the ‘C’ Reserve Unit conducts frequent patrols along the border with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel.

“The RBPF and RBAF have also established an operations room at the Limau Manis Police Station for detection and monitoring of criminal activities at the border, including smuggling. - Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network

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