KUCHING:– Malaysia did not encroach on Indonesia’s territory by erecting a structure within the republic’s borders as alleged by local residents of an island in North Kalimantan, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jafaar.
Indonesian news portal Kompas reported that residents of Kayu Mati Island – which is shared by both countries – claimed to have seen a new post built by Malaysians in an area that they believed falls within Indonesian territory.
Local leader Imam Basran was quoted as saying that he was sure it was a new structure, claiming that he had frequented the area over the past four decades.
“What happen was when we built the check-point there was an allegation from a local representative (Indonesia) that we built the facilities on their border but I have already checked and it is not,” he said when asked to comment on the allegation during a press conference here Monday.
According to Wan Junaidi there was a river at Pulau Sebatik and the border run through the middle of the river and it did not encroach the Indonesian and Malaysia border.
He said the four-storey building built by Malaysia was within its territory while the border run through a river, called Puis Point and at the other side of the river was the Indonesian army check-point.
Wan Junaidi Malaysia had no name for the river but the Indonesian called it Pulau Kayu Mati.
He said previously Malaysia did not have a check-point there and the government through the National Security Council constructed the building which would accommodate the police, immigration and custom offices as well as other agencies.
He said the construction of the building was expected to be ready by mid-year amd would start operating by year’s end.
With the facilities, Wan Junaidi said Malaysia would have its enforcement agencies stationed there to help reduce illegal immigrants from Nunukan, Kalimatan from coming over to Tawau, Sabah and at the same time curb smuggling goods from Nunukan. – BERNAMA