‘We will focus on border security’

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  • Friday, 13 Mar 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry will focus on strengthening border security, with forming a single border agency a top priority for Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic).

“We will take a more serious approach. A lot of trespassing occurs at certain parts of our country’s borders.

“Those entry points are the weakest links contributing to our border problems, ” the Home Minister told a press conference after presenting excellent performance awards to the ministry’s personnel yesterday.

Hamzah said the ministry and relevant agencies should have strategic assets, whether in the form of air, sea or land, to tackle the issue effectively.

“Issues such as illegal immigrants will remain if we cannot identify how they come in, whether through the main entry points or ‘loose’ border entry points.

“Strengthening our border security is one of the main things we have to focus on, ” he added.

Hamzah reminded all leaders and heads of agencies and departments within the ministry to remain level-headed.

“Leaders of agencies or departments should not feel they are the most powerful individuals in their respective organisation.

“I myself am not the most powerful man in KDN (Home Ministry). I am confident people like the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) and KSU (ministry secretary-general) are not like that, too, ” Hamzah said.

Last December, a border agency was proposed to oversee as well as strengthen and raise the standard of operation and security along the national borders.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was Home Minister then, had said the government accepted the proposal to set up a sole body responsible for guarding the country’s gateways and wanted it to be set up as soon as possible.

Presently, the task of managing the national borders is being handled by some 28 bodies, associations and companies.

On another matter, Hamzah said he would discuss with top officers from various agencies, including the police, in connection with the decision to drop 34 charges against 12 Malaysians accused of being involved with the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE).

“We will see what we should do in this matter. Terrorism is not just a problem in our country; it is a problem for the rest of the world, too, ” he added.

He was asked about the case involving the 12 former detainees and whether the case would be revisited.

Then Attorney General Tommy Thomas announced last month the decision to drop the case against the 12, saying that this was based on his constitutional discretionary powers after finding insufficient evidence that would lead to “no realistic prospect of conviction”.

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