Malaysia to use drones to monitor border with Thailand

PASIR MAS: The Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) will use drones to monitor the situation along the Malaysia-Thailand border, especially to curb the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.

Its deputy director-general Mohd Redzuan Mohd Zain said 25 units of high-tech drones would be used in the four states bordering Thailand, namely Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah and Perak.

“Aksem requested 25 units of drone and they are expected to be commissioned by July 1.

“Each state will get two drone units and they will be tasked with monitoring the country’s land and maritime borders.

“They will assist us in addressing the problem of illegal immigrants, ” he told reporters after inspecting an illegal jetty in Rantau Panjang on Saturday night.

Mohd Redzuan said Aksem also applied for 25 units of four-wheel drive vehicles (4WDs).

He said the 4WDs were crucial to assist them at the border due to the terrain and road condition which required tougher vehicles.

“For instance, the distance between Kelantan and Perlis is 662km with 137 rat routes while the Malaysia-Thailand border at Sungai Golok is 95km long and most rat routes are in this area, ” he said. — Bernama

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