Tuesday, 2 April 2013

#LahadDatu: Three Immigration complexes begin operating

Three immigration, customs, quarantine and security centres (CIQs) began operating in Kudat, Pulau Banggi and Lahad Datu on Tuesday as the first step in closing down the more than 35 illegal entry points along Sabah's east coast.

Immigration Department director general Datuk Alias Ahmad said the three new CIQs were among the first initiatives under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) that was set up in the wake of the Sulu gunmen intrusion in Lahad Datu in February.

"These news CIQs would mean a better regularisation of foreigners into Sabah," he said, adding that the department had formally notified the Philippines government of the new entry points via Wisma Putra.

The new CIQs would be in addition to the existing facilities at Sandakan, Tawau and Semporna.

He said authorities had detected more than 35 illegal entry points in Sabah's east coast and about 25 of these were in the east coast Sandakan district alone.


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