TUMPAT - Police will step up surveillance at all border checkpoints here to ensure that no undesirable persons or contraband comes across the border during the Pengkalan Kubor by-election next week.
Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said round-the-clock surveillance would be carried out at Sungai Golok by the marine police while about 500 policemen would be placed on stand-by during the by-election.
"We don't want smugglers and criminals to take advantage of the by-election period to transport contraband or prohibited items. We want to make sure that the by-election runs smoothly," he said after inspecting Sungai Golok on yesterday.
DCP Mazlan added that the police are cooperating with their Thai counterparts to ensure security is well-maintained.
Pengkalan Kubor is a district that borders Tak Bai, Thailand, which is a busy border town for trade and commerce.
The Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP) is also on high alert due to the projected increase in vehicle traffic during the by-election, says Kelantan UPP commander Rosli Karim.
"Apart from the usual roadblocks, we are also sending about 30 of our officers to help the police who have set up eight new roadblocks at several places here.
"We are also deploying eight mobile groups who will make their security rounds and gather intelligence."
Meanwhile, the Barisan Nasional election machinery deputy director Datuk Rosdi Abdul Aziz called on voters to choose its candidate Mat Razi Mat Ail as he has a religious background compared to the PAS candidate Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim, who is a construction contractor.
He added that Mat Razi is a Quran teacher and a pondok school founder.