Malaysian army to build more border bases

Malaysian army to build more border bases
Taking aim: Hishammuddin (centre) trying out the rifle of army personnel Mohd Zaidi Mat Tahir, 24, (right) as the rest look on during a breaking of fast function in Sik.
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SIK - Security at the 600km Malaysia-Thailand border will be beefed up with another five forward operational bases, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

"With the set-up, the army will be able to send more patrol teams into certain areas at the border.

"We will also be able to curb cross-border problems such as smuggling and criminal activities, which if left unchecked, can lead to terrorism," he said at the Battalion 1 Border Regiment tactical base here on Monday.

The FOBs would also enhance close monitoring of the border with their Thai counterparts.

Hishammuddin said the additional bases were approved due to the success of two FOB "apprentice projects" at Weng in Kedah and Temenggor in Perak.

He added that the new FOBs would be set up as soon as possible in Perlis, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan.

"The earlier two FOBs set up two years ago showed that seven to eight troops were able to be deployed at any one time.

"Nowadays, we are facing mobile criminals, who are always on the move," he said.

On the Islamic State (IS), he said it was a very serious phenomenon but the situation was under control.

"Our country is not a target, but is a transit point for those who support IS.

"We'll continue to tighten security," he said.

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