Federal government urged to fast-track ICQS Complex construction at Tapak Megah

Ugak addressing members of the media at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Sept 27, 2023. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Sept 27: The Federal government must accelerate the construction of the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex at Tapak Megah in Bukit Mabong, considering that the ICQS project in Indonesia’s new capital Nusantara is near completion and scheduled to be inaugurated this December.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Duties) Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong stressed that this project must be prioritised due to security concerns in Sarawak’s border areas, which have broader implications for Malaysia as a whole.

He paid a courtesy visit today to Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg to discuss border security issues, particularly pertaining to crucial assets in Sarawak.

“This visit aims to deliberate and explain how Sarawak can maintain security along these borders.

“In the Hulu Rajang Parliamentary constituency, there are three dams namely Murum, Baleh, and Bakun, which must be safeguarded because these assets are very valuable to Sarawak and they are worth billions in ringgit,” he told Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

Ugak, who is also Hulu Rajang MP, also revealed a plan he wishes to put into action, involving a survey and has presented the proposal to Abang Johari.

He emphasised that the absence of an ICQS would jeopardise security along Sarawak’s border, considering the influx of people from the archipelago into Sarawak through Kapit.

“I hope Sarawak’s Premier will consider the proposal, even though it falls outside the purview of the Sarawak government’s authority,” he said.

Additionally, Ugak revealed that he had apprised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the urgency to speed up the construction of the ICQS. — DayakDaily