GOF detains nearly 380 undocumented foreigners at Malaysia-Thailand border

PASIR MAS: The General Operations Force (GOF) has detained 379 undocumented foreigners (PATI) at the Malaysia-Thailand border through Ops Taring Wawasan, which ran from January to March this year.

GOF Southeast Brigade commander Senior Assistant Commissioner Sheik Azhar Sheik Omar said the 322 men and 57 women detained were mainly Myanmar nationals, while others were from Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, China, and India.

"They entered the country through illegal entry points for various purposes, including seeking job opportunities in Kelantan and other states."

"A total of 16 static posts and five roadblocks were set up at the border, including at "rat routes", to curb the infiltration of PATI and other contraband."

"The GOF conducts Ops Taring Wawasan to curb cross-border crimes, especially the trafficking of PATI," he said here today.

Sheik Azahar said that other enforcement agencies such as the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), Immigration Department, and Royal Malaysian Customs Department assisted its operations by sharing information.

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