The numbers are disappointing – of 10,000 illegals that were caught, only 33 have been deported.
If we guess that only 10% of the illegals have been detained, there could be another 90,000 illegals in the country and definitely some of them will resort to robbery and theft to survive.
It appears that more should be done to prevent illegals from entering the country rather than trying to nab them once they arrive.
Let us remember that many illegals already have relatives here and some citizens could also be sheltering illegals.
Having so many illegals also spawns other nefarious deeds like bribing officials of the following departments:
Having tens of thousands of illegal immigrants definitely increases the probability of government officials being subject to bribes and other inducements. Perhaps that causes the perception that bribery and corruption is a way of life here.
Although Malaysia has a fairly large coastline, perhaps we should allocate more defence resources to secure our national boundaries against illegal entry rather than going for sophisticated weaponry that is only useful in a war.
Already ordinary Malaysians are struggling with a daily battle against a high crime wave that has been exacerbated with the growing influx of illegals.
Nowadays even Google Earth can provide detailed views of exact locations. I am sure that with a few geo-stationary satellites we should be able to detect even small boats with illegals or land crossings that can be speedily intercepted with fast patrol boats and helicopters deployed at strategic points on the coasts.
Any boats that carry illegals will be destroyed or given to local fishermen if found suitable.
Do you think an annual budget of RM250m will suffice to upgrade the present facilities for such a defence capability?
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