PBK chief, Sabah activist call for Borneo States govts to expedite Border Scouts revival

Kanul (left) and Voon.

KUCHING, Feb 26: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan and Sabah activist Kanul Gindol call on the Sarawak and Sabah governments to expedite the re-establishment of the Border Scouts.

According to them, the respective State governments ought to initiate the revival of the Border Scouts promptly after Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor revealed that he had this discussion with Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg in October 2023.

To them, it is imperative to reinstate the paramilitary unit to strengthen surveillance and security along the borders, particularly in response to the ongoing infiltrations by foreigners.

“Don’t wait for another year to pass,” said Voon and Gindol in a joint statement today.

This action is notably critical along Sarawak’s extensive border with Indonesia, where heightened activities have been observed in recent times, they said.

Ever since the disbandment of the Border Scouts in 1986, it appeared that the existing level of security forces has proven insufficient in safeguarding the borders of Sabah and Sarawak, they added.

Formed in 1963, the Border Scouts unit was trained by the British and consisted of natives living by the borders. — DayakDaily