New security post to be set up in Telok Melano

Posted on : 30 Jul 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Muhyiddin (second left) and Abang Johari show a photo of them taken during a previous meeting, as Uggah (right) and Masing look on.

KUCHING: Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin revealed that the federal government has agreed to set up a security post in Telok Melano, Lundu.

According to him, the federal cabinet had recently included the setting-up of the post under the 12th Malaysia Plan, and that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has been informed of the decision.

“We see there is a need for proper security post to be set up in Telok Melano following the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway.

“We want to make sure that there is only one entry point. In fact, there is already some communication between the people from both countries (Malaysia and Indonesia) in the area now, so we want to formalise it for security, economic and other reasons,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on the chief minister at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the decision to set up another security post at the new border in Telok Melano was supported by the Sarawak government.

He added Abang Johari supported the proposal as it would benefit the people of Sarawak and that the Sarawak government had allocated the site for the proposed project.

He also thanked the Sarawak government for its generosity in allocating RM9 million for the implementation of the proposed project, of which RM500,000 had been disbursed to start the initial work.

“Several federal and state agencies would be involved in the planning and implementation of the proposed border post that would be equipped with the necessary infrastructure and facilities, including an immigration complex,” he said.

Muhyiddin said he was told that there was already an access route in Telok Melano but there was no post to control immigration, which was important for Malaysia in the context of security.

He said the federal government would also review and renew the cross-border agreement with Indonesia so that the setting-up of the Telok Melano security post can benefit the people from both countries.

On the issue of encroachment of foreign vessels into Sarawak waters, Muhyiddin said the federal government will look to launch ‘Op Naga’, which had proven to be successful in safeguarding the waters of Peninsular Malaysia.

He said several agencies were brought together to form a multi-ministry joint taskforce to check encroachment by foreign fishermen, especially from Vietnam.

“We are monitoring the situation in Sarawak and Sabah waters. If the encroachment issue is serious in Sarawak and Sabah waters, the same operation will be launched,” he said.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing were also present during the courtesy call.