PUTRAJAYA, May 11 — Several arrests of illegal immigrants and boat skippers were made after the authorities held integrated security checks at the border of the country to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Without revealing further details, he said the incidents proved that the government is able to overcome and block the entry of illegal immigrants via rat trails at the border.
“Our policy is clear from the start when the government took the decision to close the country’s checkpoints to foreigners as only Malaysians from abroad are allowed in.
“That is why the returning Malaysians are required to undergo quarantine and if they are found positive for COVID-19, they would be treated,” he said at the daily Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) media conference here today.
Ismail Sabri stressed that foreigners attempting to enter the country illegally via rat trails or by sea would be prohibited.