By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Dec 11: The Sarawak government has contributed defence assets worth about RM75 million to the Malaysia Armed Forces (MAF) to reinforce the first line of defense at Sarawak’s land borders.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg hopes that the handover of these border defence assets will help to enhance the preparedness and strengthen Sarawak’s land border security and stability.
The defense package for 2022-2026 includes high-technology drones, powerful communications equipment, hardware and software, 4WD vehicles, internet connectivity and other accessories.
These assets will be deployed to 23 strategic locations including high-value target locations of Bakun Dam, Baleh Dam and Bengoh Dam.
Apart from that, the Sarawak government has also donated ICT equipment consisting of 20 computers equipped with internet facilities for the Innovation and Digital Centre (IDC) of Muara Tuang Army Camp.
“With the availability of these facilities, it is hoped that it will be able to help our armed personnel and their families in enhancing learning and education in line with the State government’s concerns in the welfare of military personnel in Sarawak,” he said when launching the Sarawak Border Defense Assets and IDC at Muara Tuang Army Camp here today.
Abang Johari also expressed his appreciation to all those in the Armed Forces for helping to safeguard and protect the security of Sarawak.
“This is not a simple task notably due to the geographical challenges of Sarawak. But I believe all of you can shoulder the responsibility well with success in various aspects such as border control between Sarawak and neighboring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.
“We are proud of the success in curbing the entry of illegal immigrants (PATI) and combating smuggling activities in the State as well as coming to the forefront in Sarawak’s efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
Eastern Field Command commander Lt Gen Dato Mardzuki Muhammad, First Division Infantry Commander Major-General Dato Dzulkifli Mustaffa, State Deputy Secretary (Socio-Economic Transformation) Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SEC) chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani were among those present.— DayakDaily