Illegal jetties in Pasir Mas closed to curb virus spread

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  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2020

PASIR MAS: The Ninth Battalion of the General Operations Force (PGA9) has closed four illegal jetties in Kampung Bukit Lata, Jeram Perdah, here, connecting the village to the town of Mundok, Thailand.

PGA9 operations officer Asst Comm Mohd Azlee Ismail said the illegal jetties were closed through Op Mundok involving the illegal jetties at Pak Nik, Jitong, Bukit Lata and Pohon Setol.

“Op Mundok is aimed at preventing Malaysians from going to the neighbouring country without using the authorised gateways and preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which they may bring in.

“Civilians crossing the border are usually not monitored and we do not know if they have the coronavirus or not.

“In the meantime, in conjunction with the operation, all the routes to the jetties have been closed and the public is not allowed to cross into the neighbouring country using boats, ” he told reporters at the Pak Nik illegal jetty at Bukit Lata here yesterday.

He said among the actions taken in conjunction with Op Mundok included laying cones on all routes to the parking lots and advising visitors not to cross the border using illegal routes.

He said 16 PGA9 officers and personnel were deployed to monitor the situation at the jetties with the help of the Marine Police Force in Pengkalan Kubur, Tumpat, in the operation.

“From 11am to 7pm, we will monitor all four illegal jetties and if any individual still insists on getting across without using a valid route, they can be detained and subject to legal action, ” he said.

The town of Mundok is the focus of visitors every Tuesday and Friday for its large-scale morning market.

The number of visitors is said to shoot up during the school holidays when tourists from outside Kelantan take the opportunity to shop there. — Bernama

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