Malaysia

Strengthen immigration intelligence, Sarawak rep urges state

People seen jumping off the second floor of a building in Cyberjaya and others running away to escape an immigration raid which netted 680 scammers from China in Cyberjaya on Wednesday.

KUCHING: A Sarawak assemblyman has urged the state government to enhance its immigration intelligence to boost the state’s security.

Muara Tuang assemblyman Idris Buang said cybersecurity, in particular, is important to help the state government in its plans to further develop the state.

“It is important to augment our own immigration intelligence to complement the police and Immigration Department in monitoring those who are likely to abuse their entry permits.

“This includes illegal immigrants who could pose a grave threat to our state security, using their expertise in technology applications or other unfamiliar modus operandi,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the arrest of 680 scammers from China in Cyberjaya on Wednesday should be an eye-opener to all and it is feared that Sarawak could be the next target of such online scam syndicates.

If such threats materialise, it could cause huge losses, not only to our economy and businesses, but also in terms of the state’s security, he added.

Therefore, he urged the state government to strengthen the relevant departments in the state with the right training and system upgrades for safety, along with tighter immigration checks.