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Wire fencing along Malaysia-Thailand border is too old to prevent smuggling effectively.
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PADANG BESAR, Feb 21
The old wire fencing marking the Malaysia-Thailand border will soon be replaced with one of better quality in efforts to control and prevent trespassing.
Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) director-general Datuk Ab Rahim Ismail said the Home Ministry had given priority to the matter to ensure safety at the border.
He said the wire fencing needed to meet specifications set by the ministry to make it difficult to be damaged.
The 464km stretch from Padang Besar to Kelantan, which is easy to get through, had been marked.
“We are taking necessary actions, which includes increasing security, to curb smuggling activities in the area,” Rahim said after visiting UPP posts in Perlis today.
He said the unit had also made a request to the government for mobile scanners to increase their capabilities.
On an application to turn UPP into a department, as well as expanding its operations to Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, Rahim said the matters were still being studied by the ministry.
In another development, he said the Padang Besar UPP had successfully busted a petrol smuggling syndicate with the arrest of three men.
This, he said, followed a raid on two warehouses in Jalan Sekolah Cina and Kampung Melayu, here yesterday.
The raid between 8.30am and 12.30pm was a result of public tip-offs. It led to the confiscation of 2,180 litres of petrol in 20 drums and three electric pumps, all worth more than RM7,000.
The three men, all aged 56, were believed to be working for a syndicate which collected petrol at the warehouse before smuggling it into a neighbouring country.