Armed Forces to step up border patrols to curb spread of Covid-19

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Armed Forces said it is ready to beef up border enforcement to prevent a potential Covid-19 outbreak from illegal immigrants entering the country.

In a statement on Friday (April 10), the Armed Forces said its chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang stressed that the MAF was always ready to strengthen enforcement across the borders.

"Following new instructions based on the Prime Minister's special speech, the MAF will increase control and surveillance, land, sea and air, so that it is at a high level.

"The Armed Forces will take several matters into consideration in creating a strategic plan to defend the country which will include any situation, especially when the nation is facing the spread of Covid-19," it said.

It said illegal immigrants entering the country via illegal means could impact the Covid-19 spread.

The statement said despite its role in the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO), other operations were being carried as usual.

It is also said stronger enforcement operations at the borders would not disrupt its manpower.

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