JITRA: The Immigration Department is ready and waiting to operate around-the-clock at Thai-Malaysian border checkpoints in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah and Padang Besar, Perlis.
Its director-general, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, said officers at both checkpoints are already operating on three shifts.
"We are making arrangements to add one more shift, to operate 24-hours-a-day at the checkpoints. Each shift will have a minimum 31 officers.
"Our priority is to facilitate smooth operations at the checkpoints, while ensuring that our country’s security is not compromised," he said after leading the department's Ops Ikrar and Ops Sapu raids here, early this morning.
It was reported that Kedah and Perlis have agreed to the Federal government’s plan to extend the border checkpoints’ operations in Bukit Kayu Hitam and Padang Besar, from 18 hours to 24 hours daily.
On Ops Ikrar and Ops Sapu, Mustafar said 85 illegal immigrants were rounded up in the raids, which started at 1am this morning.