Four-day remand for three Thai nationals in border shutdown incident

JITRA : Three Thai nationals have been remanded for four days after they were arrested on Feb 19 for shutting the border gate belonging to Malaysia at the Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao border crossing to protest tightened enforcement operations last Sunday (Feb 17).

Jitra magistrate's court Magistrate Mohd Hadi Hakimi Harun granted the Feb 20 to Feb 23 remand order to allow police investigations under Section 117 of Criminal Procedure Code.

Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Mohd Ismail Ibrahim confirmed the arrest of the three Thais and their four-day remand.

"The trio, aged between late 20s and 50s, were arrested about noon on Feb 19 at the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam by Malaysian police.

"They will be investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for voluntarily obstructing a public servant from discharging his public functions," he said.

The offence is punishable with a jail term of up to two years or a fine of up to RM10,000 or both.

The trio are believed to be part of a group of 50 Thai motor taxi riders who took part in the protest.

The incident occurred at about 11.20am when Malaysian enforcement agencies – comprising the police, the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) and the traffic police – were in the middle of conducting an "integrated op" for border security control at the ICQS.

During the operation, the taxi riders from Thailand were not allowed to ferry their passengers straight into Malaysia but were required to drop their passengers off at the Cergas Jaya Duty Free Complex.

They were instructed to return to Danok after dropping off their passengers.

This did not go down well with the group of 50 riders. They reacted by closing the border gate at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Malaysian-Thai border checkpoint and staging a protest in front of the closed border gate.

The border gate was closed for about 15 minutes, causing traffic flow to be disrupted.

The gate was re-opened later by personnel of General Operation Force (GOF).



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