PETALING JAYA: The army foiled an attempt to smuggle 15 cows through the Malaysian-Thailand border in Kelantan.
A spokesman with the Eight Malaysian Infantry Brigade said a sub-unit of the Fourth Batallion of the Royal Ranger Regiment at Kampung Rahmat, Tanjung Baru Rantau Panjang heard loud splashes of water coming from Sungai Golok at around 6.40pm on Wednesday (July 22).
"The sub-unit went to investigate and saw three men leading the cows across the river towards Malaysia.
"They managed to nab one of the men but two others got away," the spokesman said.
The army later seized the cows and two motorcycles.
The spokesman did not rule out the possibility that smugglers might attempt the same act again as Hari Raya Aidiladha was around the corner.
"We suspect the livestock were meant to be sold here as livestock from Thailand are said to be cheaper and there is a great demand for them here," the spokesman said.
The captured man was sent to the police station while the livestock were sent to the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services office in Rantau Panjang.
The army also advised local residents to be their eyes and ears and report any suspicious activities.