Sarawak GOF on the tail of smugglers

Khaw (left) presenting the cheque to Tan.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 10: Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) will ramp up its collaborative efforts with other enforcement bodies to curb illicit activities such as smuggling of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and timber, said its commander Datuk Khaw Kok Chin.

He revealed that last year, GOF Sarawak seized contraband items, including timber, worth a total of RM13.5 million. And so far this year, the seizures totalled about RM11 million.

“Timber, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are among the biggest items seized in the state. We have always made an effort to collaborate with other agencies, such as the Customs Department, for joint operations to curb smuggling activities,” he told reporters after presenting achievements and “Say no to bribery’ certificates to 52 GOF Miri personnel here today.

Khaw (front row, 8th left), flanked by Tan (left) and Uchong, posing for a group photo with the award recipients.

On some of their latest operations, Khaw said yesterday (May 9), his men made seizures and detained two men in two separate operations in Mukah and Tebedu.

In Tebedu, a 27-year-old foreigner was collared and illegal cigarettes and alcoholic beverages worth RM91,000 were seized. In Mukah, his men confiscated 250 cartons of cigarettes worth RM88,000.

The operations were conducted at 10.30am and 11am, respectively.

“The operation in Mukah was a joint effort with the Customs Department,” he said.

On integrity issues, Khaw reiterated that GOF would never compromise on taking action against anyone of its personnel who is involved in corruption or bribery.

“I want all GOF personnel to show their highest level of integrity in discharging their responsibilities,” he said.

Meanwhile, of the 52 personnel honoured at the function today, 10 went home with the ‘Say no to corruption’ certificates. At the event, Khaw also presented a cheque for RM12,000 to Miri GOF’s welfare club.

Also present were Miri GOF commanding officer Supt Tan Hiap Seng and his deputy, DSP Uchong Sigan. — DayakDaily