KUCHING: The army will intensify their efforts in working closely with other government agencies to ensure peace and security in the country, especially concerning the border with Indonesia.
Third Brigade commander Brigadier General Datuk Mohd Ramli Jaafar said since an integration programme with various government agencies was initiated about a year ago, their working relationship with the police and Immigration had improved and had seen much success in crime prevention and security monitoring along the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan.
“Apart from working with the police and Immigration as well as the Maritime Department, we are also working closely with the Indonesian government through Malindo joint exercises.”
Brig Gen Ramli also revealed that there had been no major incidents along the Malaysian-Indonesian border apart from minor criminal activities which were under control.
“These minor occurrences comprise smuggling of controlled goods and illegal entries.”
Brig Gen Ramli also revealed that the army and the Government were also looking at the wider scope of security and order issues between Malaysia and Indonesia.
“There are three issues — mistreatment of Indonesian workers in Malaysia, smuggling and illegal entry and the wrong perception spread by irresponsible non-governmental organisations,” he said.
Brig Gen Ramli said the army, through their collaboration with the Indonesian government, would continue to find the best solutions to these issues, and assured that they were under control.
He said more Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes were being set up along the border.
“We hope that with the setting up of more CIQs along the border, more people would cross the border legally, apart from preventing smuggling activities.”