Kedah police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya (depan) at the Durian Burung Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex. Pix by Amran Hamid

KUALA NERANG: Police have identified private plots of land along the Malaysia - Thailand border used by smugglers to enter the country.

Kedah police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said the plots of land, whether owned by individuals or private companies, did not have proper security systems including fences or security walls.

He said police have met with some of the owners to discuss the matter and will continue to check on them to ensure border safety.

He said that in the Durian Burung area alone, police have identified more than 20 ‘rat lanes’ used by smugglers to cross the country’s border including on privately-owned land.

"Some of the rat lanes are located in plantation areas in Durian Burung. We have met with the owners regarding the matter. We have asked them to repair their broken fences and dig up ditches along the border perimeter to prevent encroachment," he said after chairing a border security meeting at the Durian Burung Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex, this morning.

The meeting was attended by representatives the Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem), Customs Department, Immigration Department and the National Security Council.

It is learnt that the Malaysia - Thailand border perimeter in Kedah stretches about 262.4km, running from Bukit Kayu Hitam until Baling.

However, only 37.1km of the perimeter is fenced - 4.8km in Durian Burung and the balance in Bukit Kayu Hitam.

Zamri, asked on the rat lanes in Bukit Kayu Hitam, said some of them were also located at privately-owned lands, including concrete walls that were broken by smugglers.

"We have visited the areas in the last few months and advised the owners to repair the broken walls," he said.

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