Unit set up on Pulau Pisang to curb smuggling

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Jun 2008

KUANTAN: The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has set up an intelligence unit on Pulau Pisang in Johor to check on smuggling activities.

Director-general Admiral Datuk Amdan Kurish said the unit would be working with other agencies to ensure that such activity were not being carried out on the island.

“To date, smuggling activities on Pulau Pisang are not viewed as serious as what has been highlighted by the media recently.

“This is because the agency conducts patrols in the area at all times and as far as I know, Pulau Pisang is not used as a transit for illegal foreigners or for smuggling goods,” he told reporters after visiting the MMEA eastern regional office at Indera Mahkota here yesterday.

News reports said the smuggling of people and goods from neighbouring countries in Pulau Pisang had been going on for the past 10 years, prompting Pontian residents to call for the setting up of a marine police base there.

Amdan said the marine police had always monitored and made their rounds at the island.

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