Indonesia increases surveillance along Malaysian border
(20 March 2015)
Mulawarman Military Command chief spokesman Lt. Col. Purwito Hadi announced plans for the construction of 17 new border posts along the Indonesia-Malaysia border. He attributed the increase in surveillance to growing numbers of trespassers from both countries which posed security threats to both countries, adding that, "This is our way to affirm the presence of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and to protect the people and the territory.”
The new border posts will be in the North Kalimantan and East Kalimantan region, which has been the site of frequent disputes over the past several years. In the past, conflicts arose when illegal loggers moved state boundary markers in order to harvest timber, but frequent patrols have decreased these activities. Now, patrols discover “liquor smugglers and drug traffickers,” according to Border Security task force head Lt. Col. Agustatius Sitepu.
The costs and precise timeline for constructing the new border posts have yet to be calculated.
More surveillance on Indonesia-Malaysia border, 20 March 2015, by N Adri of the Jakarta Post for the Asia News Network, http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-surveillance-indonesia-malaysia-border