THE installation of Malaysia-Thailand border lights can assist security forces to better curb cross-border crimes, especially at night, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) was currently installing electric poles along the border from Padang Besar in Perlis to Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah.
“I was briefed by TNB that they are now installing power lines to light up the border.
“The border lights will also help the General Operations Force to do 24-hour patrols and prevent cross-border crimes such as smuggling,” he said after visiting the Wang Kelian Immigration Post and Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex near Bukit Kayu Hitam.
On the border wall and fence system, Nur Jazlan said the ministry was considering various proposals, including replacing and rebuilding the existing fence.
However, Nur Jazlan said the ministry was still in discussions to implement the best proposal as the cost of rebuilding the fence was high.
In another development, he said the Border Security Agency in Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak had seized goods amounting to RM42.7 million and arrested 888 illegal immigrants last year.
“In January and February this year, 152 cases were recorded involving seizure of goods worth RM3.3 million and 169 illegal immigrants were detained,” he said. — Bernama