Kedup rep: Enhance border security for residents’ protection

Martin (front row, second left) at the Kampung Mongkos Longhouse during the Kampung Mongkos Border Intu Program in Tebedu District. Photo credit: UKAS

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SERIAN, March 31: Security forces and related agencies must continue to tighten security after the country’s borders reopen on April 1, said Kedup assemblyman Martin Ben.

According to a report from the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (UKAS), this is in reference to the border area in Kampung Mongkos, which he said must be kept safe for the surrounding residents.

“To ensure that the security of the border is not easily breached, the security forces and the agencies in charge must collaborate with the community.

“Communities living in border areas are also an important group to serve as the government’s eyes and ears by reporting on activities or matters that may pose a threat to national security,” he said recently at the Kampung Mongkos Longhouse during the Kampung Mongkos Border Intu Program in Tebedu District.

Meanwhile, Martin stated that Sarawak’s vast international border exposed the State to a variety of security risks and border-related issues.

In this regard, he emphasised that the security of border areas, as well as the sovereignty of the State and country, are still maintained and controlled.

“I hope such information-sharing programmes are held on a regular basis and should be expanded in other areas to ensure that the community receives accurate information on the consequences of law violations,” he added.

The programme, organised by the Sarawak National Security Council (MKN) in collaboration with the Serian Division Resident Office and the Tebedu District Office, drew 100 tribal leaders and Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) members from 18 villages administered by the Tebedu District Office.

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), and the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) all provided briefings on the role and responsibilities of the community during the programme.

Also present were Deputy Director of the Sarawak National Security Council, Sukri Sanali; Tebedu District Officer, Joseph Liaw; The Administrative Officer of the Serian Division Resident’s Office represented the Serian Division Resident, Wee Chung Yee; Temenggong Bidayuh Serian Division, Henry Bujang Sendan; Pemanca Kane Manong, Chief Phillip Aon and Chief Fong Soon Fah. — DayakDaily