Kedah customs wants drones for border control

Kedah Customs director Johari Alifiah says he needs drones, scanners and modern patrol vessels to help catch smugglers operating in the area. – Youtube pic, August 1, 2019.

Kedah Customs Department needs more sophisticated and new types of equipment, including drones, to monitor and control the borders, director Johari Alifiah has said.

He believes drones will allow the department to conduct surveillance, especially for anti-smuggling operations.

In addition, he said additional scanner facilities at the country’s entry points and a new marine boat equipped with the latest technology were also needed to boost maritime surveillance in coastal waters.

“All this equipment is very much needed due to the country’s terrain, extensive sea, land, and air routes.

“We acknowledge our equipment is not sufficient, so we need to request this procurement from the government, which we consider very important to assist us in performing our duties more effectively and efficiently,” he told reporters at Bukit Kayu Hitam today.

Last Sunday, chief secretary to the government Dr Ismail Bakar revealed the government suffered losses of between RM3 billion and RM5 billion a year due to revenue leakages at the country’s entry points.

He said the leakages were due to smuggling, either due to negligence or lack of equipment to monitor and control the border.

Meanwhile, Johari said the department viewed the statement in a positive manner and had underlined several actions and suggestions, such as listing down companies or people’s name for violating the Customs Act 1967. – Bernama, August 1, 2019.

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