By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Dec 22: General Armed Forces (GOF) personnel on patrol arrested a local man who was attempting to bring six Indonesians into Sarawak at the junction of Kampung Sungai Aping in Serian today.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that they were handed over to the Serian police station for further action together with seized items valued at RM11,621.
“They informed our GOF that they had been offered work in Sarawak which is why they entered, but illegally through “jalan tikus” (illegal route).
“They will be charged under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Act (ANTIPSOM) 2007,” he told a press conference to give Covid-19 updates here today.
Meanwhile, Uggah, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister disclosed that 11 Indonesians were also intercepted along a “jalan tikus” at Kampung Biawak before they managed to enter the State on Dec 19 and 20.
Meanwhile, the Local Government and Housing Ministry issued 96 oral and written notices through Sibu Municipal Council (30), Padawan Municipal Council (20), Kuching North City Hall (16), Marudi District Council (13), Serian District Council (5), Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) (5), Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (3), Matu-Daro District Council (2) and Lawas District Council (1).
Compliance checks were also carried out on 1,276 premises throughout Sarawak involving 154 supermarkets, restaurants (225), factories (6), banks (126), government offices (37), hawkers (32), markets (64), houses of worship (49), recreational areas (32), construction sites (22) and others (529). — DayakDaily