Air unit, drones help out GOF patrols along border, says 3rd Battalion CO

KANGAR (Bernama): Aerial surveillance and the use of drones in integrated patrols under the nationwide "Ops Benteng" has reduced the workload of General Operations Force (GOF) personnel to detect smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thailand border.

GOF 3rd Battalion commanding officer Supt Rosman Kasman (pic) said land patrols had limited capabilities prior to this, but the help of the Air Wing Unit and Drone Unit under the National Task Force (NTF) had further enhanced border controls.

"Currently, with the assistance, we can monitor almost 100% of the border area," he said Saturday (Nov 28).

Earlier, Rosman received contributions from Arau MP and Perlis Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim on behalf of the families of the late Sergeant Baharuddin Ramli and Sergeant Norihan Tari, who is currently receiving treatment at the Penang Hospital.

On Tuesday (Nov 24), Baharuddin, 54, was killed while his colleague, Norihan, 39, was seriously injured after an encounter with a group of smugglers, about 600m from the TS9 control post in Padang Besar. - Bernama

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