KOTA KINABALU: Estate owners have been warned against allowing suspicious people to drive or travel through their lands as illegal routes in Beluran, some 210km from here, have been found on these plantations.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) chief Datuk Hazani Ghazali said most of the backdoor routes used by illegal immigrants and smugglers identified by security forces were through oil palm estates.
“Do not let suspicious people or criminals take advantage of your lands and use them as backdoor routes,” he said.
He said these routes were created following the setting up of Road Check Points (RCP) and road inspection centres along Jalan Sapi Nangoh in Beluran
“These routes were created to evade enforcement officers who have beefed up their presence on the roads,” Hazani said during a visit to the inspection centre on Monday (March 18).
The Jalan Sapi Nangoh inspection Road Check Point started operating on March 6 to curb the entry and movement of illegal immigrants.
The stretch of road connects the east and west coast of Sabah, and many illegal immigrants come in through Sabah’s east coast waters.
Hazani said they have a total of 32 officials stationed at the Beluran RCP with a 24-hour patrol and inspection system daily.
“From our observation so far, the presence of illegal immigrants has gone down since these initiatives were taken to tackle the problem,” he said.
He said a total of eight buses with 297 illegal immigrants have been seized and nabbed since the RCP started operating about two weeks ago.
Hazani said Esscom plans to add K9 Unit and two units of All Terrain Vehicles at the RCP Sapi Nangoh and RCP Kalabakan (set up last August) areas in future.