JITRA - Some 500 illegal migrants including Rohingya are believed to be trying to enter the country through Bukit Kayu Hitam at the Malaysia-Thailand border.
Based on intelligence reports, they are now being kept at an undisclosed location in the town of Danok in southern Thailand, bordering Bukit Kayu Hitam, said Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Abdul Rahim Abdullah at the district police headquarters (IPD) yesterday after the monthly assembly.
Supt Abdul Rahim said that since the incidents in Langkawi and Wang Kelian, his men did not uncover any illegal trespassing on Malaysian soil at Bukit Kayu Hitam.
At the event, Supt Abdul Rahim gave out certificates of appreciation to five media personnel from several organisations for their close co-operation with the Kubang Pasu IPD.
They were The Star staff correspondent Oh Chin Eng, 27; Noor Faizal Ghazali (Sinar Harian), 27; Ng Eng Boon (Sin Chew Daily) 37; and Bernama's Hasnah Jusid, 25, and Mohd Khairul Fikri, 27.
In Johor Baru, Yee Xiang Yun reported that a joint operation to combat transnational crimes, in particular human trafficking, has been launched.
It is an effort by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). The operation, which ends on Thursday, would cover an area of 2,500km from the waters of Malacca to Kuantan.
In Malacca, US Ambassador Joseph H. Yun said the United States would support Malaysia's effort to tackle the Rohingya issue by resettling and opening more refugee camps, reports R.S.N. Murali.
"In the past year, the United States has re-settled 1,000 Rohingyas from Malaysia and our commitment still continues," he said after cycling 70km from Port Dickson to Malacca.
Yun attended the Green Tech Day with the Malacca River and Coastal Development Corporation yesterday.