Armed Forces ready to add command posts, personnel to strengthen border controls

Malaysian Armed Forces 2nd Division commander Major Gen Datuk Arman Rumaizi Ahmad (second from right) speaking to Armed Forces personnel during a visit to Ops Pagar 2 area near Bukit Kayu Hitam in Perlis.

BUKIT KAYU HITAM (Bernama): The Malaysian Armed Forces is ready to increase the number of command posts and personnel to strengthen security control at the country’s borders if the situation requires, says 2nd Division Commander Major Gen Datuk Arman Rumaizi Ahmad.

He added that the 12 existing control posts, with 80 to 100 personnel deployed to the area, are still capable of safeguarding the borders from invasion.

"The existing posts are capable of performing the given tasks, but if there is a detailed study requiring us to build a new post, we can propose.

"We are always ready to add if there is a need, ” he said Saturday (Nov 28).

Earlier, he inspected the area under Ops Pagar 2 at the national border, which is a controlled area under the Armed Forces here.

Arman said the entire area of Ops Pagar 2, covering the Malaysia-Thailand border line as far as 24km from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Padang Terap, was monitored in detail to detect any cross-border criminal activities.

He said that for now, the Armed Forces always ensured that its personnel were on high alert, enhanced patrols in the assigned areas as well as increased intelligence activities.

"We are acting aggressively so that none of our areas will be intruded by irresponsible elements, be it ketum leaves or drug and human smugglers. We have also identified hotspots and we’ve strengthened patrols, in addition to cooperating with the military of the neighbouring country and sharing information," he said.

Arman said it always prioritised the safety of Armed Forces personnel following the death of a General Operations Force (GOF) personnel and the serious injury of another during a shootout in Padang Besar, Perlis, recently.

"That incident will not dampen our spirits and I will continue to strive to inspire our personnel. They are not afraid of what had happened, in fact they are more determined now, ” he added.

In the incident early on Tuesday (Nov 24), Sergeant Baharuddin Ramli, 54, was killed while his colleague Sergeant Norihan Tari, 39, was seriously injured in a shootout with a group of smugglers, about 600m from the TS9 control post in Padang Besar, Perlis. - Bernama

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