Bukit Begunan rep calls for increased security at Lachau, Pantu police stations

Mong delivering his debate on the Supply (2021) Bill (2020). Screenshot taken from the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream of DUN proceedings.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Nov 12: The state and federal governments have been urged to increase and strengthen security forces at Lachau and Pantu police stations to curb the entry of not only illegal immigrants but also Covid-19.

Bukit Begunan assemblyman Datuk Mong Dagang, in an appeal for greater efforts to tighten border security, emphasised there were many illegal entry points or ‘jalan tikus’ along the state’s porous border with Kalimantan, Indonesia.

“The state needs to further strengthen and tighten security at our border with Kalimantan, Indonesia.

“In the case of Bukit Begunan constituency, there are many ‘jalan tikus’ in areas such as Lachau, Gua and Selepong,” he told the august House when debating the Supply (2021) Bill (2020) at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

Mong added that border patrols should also be conducted more frequently along the illegal routes to prevent not only undesirable elements from entering but also the influx of Covid-19 into Sarawak.

On kampung extension and resettlement, he highlighted the predicament of the residents at the Melugu Land Development Scheme, which is too crowded.

“There is no more space or lots for extended family members to construct houses. I have raised this issue during one of the DUN sittings about a year ago or so.

“Therefore, I hope the relevant ministry or agency will seriously consider to include the Melugu Land Development Extension Scheme programme under the state 12MP,” he added.

Mong also revealed that the Sri Aman Land and Survey Department had identified two sites suitable for the village extension. — DayakDaily