Police to beef up Sarawak border security amid Indonesia’s capital shift

Abang Johari (centre) welcoming Ramli to his office in the presence of Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit, Abdullah Saidol.

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Dec 6: The police will increase its strength and personnel to provide better security along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border, following the move by the Indonesian government to shift its capital to East Kalimantan by 2024.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the department will make assessment on the specific needs to provide better security long the border.

“We discussed security along the (Sarawak-Kalimantan) border especially after the Indonesian government announced its decision to move its capital to East Kalimantan.

“There is a need to prepare for better security together with the army,” Ramli told reporters after making a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

He added that the police will work closely with the armed forces to safeguard the country’s sovereignty especially along the border.

“We will continue to monitor and strengthen our presence along the border and we will see what needs to be done with the announcement (by the Indonesian government). If there is a need to increase our manpower, we will apply for the necessary needs,” he continued.

Touching on the courtesy call, the new Sarawak police chief said it was to get clear directive from the chief minister on the state’s policy and its direction.

“We also shared security issues and I assured him that Sarawak is safe and the situation is under control,” added Ramli.

He took over from Datuk Azman Yusof on Dec 2. — DayakDaily