KOTA BHARU: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has given its assurance that the 140km Malaysia-Thailand border in the state is secure.Eighth Infantry Brigade commander, Brig Gen Datuk Mohd Zaki Hamzah said surveillance of the border from Pengkalan Kubor in Tumpat to Batu Melintang in Jeli under "Ops Merpati" and "Ops Wawasan" had produced results by curbing smuggling activities and cross border crime.
"We also lay ambush at night on several illegal points for smuggling activities. We have so far detected 150 illegal bases operating along the border," he told a press conference at his office on Wednesday.
Mohd Zaki said cooperation with other security agencies such as the police, Customs and Immigration departments under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) had reduced crime rates at the border.
"Cooperation under the NBOS has also assisted in channelling information on various matters with each agency having its own task.
"Apart from that, close cooperation with the Thai security forces is also being stepped up from time to time to share security information between the two countries."
He said the successes this year included the seizure of drugs worth RM12 million and the arrest of 123 illegal immigrants attemping to gain entry into the country via illegal paths.
"We also detained 12 illegal immigrants last night who comprised mostly Myanmars, who made Golok town in southern Thailand their transit centre before entering Malaysia," he added. - Bernama