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Border post at Tebedu reopened

Unknown - February 13, 1997

Kuching – The Sarawak-West Kalimantan border post at Tebedu, 100km from here, was reopened at noon yesterday, about 10 days after the gate was closed to control the movement of people following racial riots on the Indonesian side.

An Immigration Department official at the Tebedu checkpoint said the police instructed them to reopen it.

About 50 Indonesians and a dozen Malaysians were reported to have crossed the checkpoint to Pontianak up to late yesterday afternoon.

Tension gripped the Tebedu checkpoint several days ago after nearly 90 Indonesians were reported to have jumped over the fencing around the complex at Entekong in fear of attacks by roaming armed groups since Jan 31.

However, bus companies plying between here and Pontianak have yet to resume services and are waiting for the green light from authorities concerned.