MIRI: Security on northern Sarawaks Pan-Borneo Highway, a pivotal commercial and transportation route, has been tightened to check criminal activities.
State police have deployed mobile patrol units and highway patrol teams to start surveillance along the 250km-long Miri to Bintulu stretch of the highway.
It is learnt that state police have received a directive from the Federal Police to start 6pm-to-6am patrols along the Miri-Bintulu second coastal highway and also the Miri-Bintulu inland highway (both of which are part of the Pan-Borneo Highway).
The Star last week highlighted concerns that rampant highway robbery had instilled much fear among road commuters in this part of the state.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Abang Abdillah Abang Othman confirmed yesterday that the highway would now be monitored by at least two teams from 6pm to 6am.
The Miri and Bintulu police will join forces to undertake this task. We will utilise the highway police (from traffic division) and also the mobile patrol units (from the city and town police), he said.