PDRM to boost Sarawak-Indonesia border security
Published on: Tuesday, January 08, 2019
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Kuching: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will boost the security at the Malaysian border between Sarawak and Indonesia following the kidnap of five people in the jungle near Kampung Danau Melikin, Dec 11 by the Indonesian security forces.Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Puzi Harun said PDRM had taken pro-active measures with the State Security Council (MKN) which would co-ordinate the effort so that a tighter control of the border area would be implemented.

'The tight control at the border must be implemented so that the incident of kidnapping prior to this will not repeat itself in the future and it will also involve the army and local authorities,' he said.

He said this at a media conference after launching a ceremony to award the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara (PJPN) to 347 recipients here Monday.

On the kidnap case, Fuzi said the police was waiting for further directive from the Deputy Public Prosecutor whether to charge the kidnappers or otherwise.

"We will also not allow foreigners including foreign armies to encroach into our national territory be it on land, waters and air space,' he said.

Local newspapers had reported that five Malaysian loggers, aged 15 to 64 years, were kidnapped about 400 metres from the Serian-Kalimantan border.

It was reported that the Malaysians were detained by several armed men in army uniforms who claimed they had felled trees in Indonesia and forced them to drive into Kalimantan.

Subsequently, Malaysia had sent a protest note to Jakarta condemning the detention of its citizens by the members of the Indonesian security forces on Dec 14.

Meanwhile, at the event, Fuzi explained that the giving of the award did not involved police retirees, but still serving officers who had carried out their duties to serve the nation excellently in looking after peace and security. – Bernama


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