KUCHING, Dec 5: Four Indonesian illegal immigrants (PATI) were chased away after attempting to enter the state through “jalan tikus” in Tebedu area, yesterday.
First Division Infantry Malaysia (1 Div) in a statement today, said the four individuals were found by the patrolling team during their routine patrol in the area around 9pm, while attempting to enter into the state using “jalan tikus”.
“After being detained and interrogated, all of them are from Entikong, Indonesia, and intend to look for a job in Sibu. After a police report was made at Tebedu police station, they were ordered to return to their country,” it said.
Meanwhile, 1 Div also disclosed on Dec 2, 2020, at 3 pm, a patrolling team have found a pile of 183 sawn timber worth RM4,575, believed to have been smuggled into the country through illegal logging activity conducted at the Malaysia-Indonesia border.
It said a report regarding the findings was made to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Kuching for their action.
“On Dec 4, a representative from SFC who came to the illegal logging camp confirmed that the location was in Malaysia territory and the logging activities were illegal,” it said.
1 Div also assures that they are committed in carrying out their duty and would not compromise with any party attempting to cross the country’s border illegally.
“Through Op Benteng conducted by the Malaysian Army (TDM) under the 1 Div, attempts to enter the state illegally as well as cross-border criminal activities during this pandemic times were successfully thwarted and curb, as a result of a strict border control,” the statement read. –DayakDaily.