Friday, 5 June 2015

Defence Ministry Gives Green Light to Army Patrols at Malaysia-Thai Border

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today he has “no objection” to the proposal that the military takes over patrols along the Malaysia-Thailand border.

The defence minister said the Cabinet decided today that both the Inspector-General of Police and the Armed Forces chief will discuss the military’s role in the plan.

“I have no objection and I told him that in Cabinet today.

“Some parts of the border is being patrolled by the military already,” he said, referring Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Today, English language daily the New Straits Times reported that Ahmad Zahid is seeking army personnel to replace law enforcement officers manning Malaysian borders to stem the scourge of corruption by smuggling syndicates.

The newspaper reported that he said he will raise his proposal at the Cabinet meeting today for the army to “fully” take over Malaysian borders.

Hishammuddin also said that it is a “blessing” that the current Rohingya refugee issue has made international headlines as Malaysia had previously handled the issue alone.

“One blessing that we see from the issue of the Rohingyas is the internationalisation of the issue.

“In the past, Malaysia has been carrying the responsibility to the extent of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas on our shores but the main culprits are the human traffickers and human smuggling syndicates and that cuts across borders,” he said.

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