Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (2nd from right) said they view the matter seriously and assured that they will not protect any enforcement personnel involved in the racket. --fotoBERNAMA (2019) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

PONTIAN: The Home Ministry will leave no stone unturned in its probe on cross border smuggling activities in Perlis which has seen enforcement agencies turn a blind eye, as was revealed by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

Its Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said they view the matter seriously and assured that they will not protect any enforcement personnel involved in the racket.

He said the government had always been serious in its efforts to crackdown such activities and welcomes information on such matters.

“If there are such personnel, action will be taken. The law does not recognise whether he is an officer or a smuggler. Even if there are those who are aiding and abetting and we have the evidence, we will take action,” he said after making a working visit to the Pontian District Police Headquarters.

The MACC earlier today via a 11- minute video clip revealed cross-border smuggling activities taking place in Padang Besar, Perlis, right under the noses of enforcement personnel.

Muhyiddin said cross-border smuggling activities were not something new. In fact it had been taking place for a long time. Despite the crackdown by the authorities, it continued to flourish due to the involvement of syndicates.

“We are quite aware that this issue is not something new. It has been taking place for a long time, and much crackdown has been conducted.

“Maybe there are problems due to logistics or shortcomings due to the vast and lengthy border areas as well as other factors.

"We are not making up any excuses. We will enhance a more effective enforcement,” Muhyiddin assured.