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Plans still underway for electronic fence along Malaysia-Thailand border in Kelantan

(12 November 2014)

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director Abdul Aziz Aban indicated plans for an electronic fence between Malaysia and Thailand in Kelantan are still underway. His statement follows Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s confirmation of plans for the construction of the fence in 2013. According to Ahmad Zahid, the construction of the fence is hoped to curb drug, firearm, and human smuggling in the region.

The fence would stretch from Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat to Jeli, which includes about 75 miles of river boundary and 12 miles of land boundary. Both Amhad Zahid and Abdul Aziz suggested that cooperation between state and federal government would be essential for the project to be successful. Abdul Aziz stated that, “Both the state and the federal governments must invest and scarify a little bit in the form of land and money rather than suffering bigger losses to smuggling activities.”

In 2013, Ahmad Zabid estimated that the fence would be completed in three years; no updates on this estimate are available.

Sources

Electronic fence for Malaysia-Thai border in Kelantan: Ahmad Zahid, 30 November 2013, The Sun Daily, http://www.thesundaily.my/news/893881

Kelantan-Thailand border security fence beneficial to all parties: MACC, 12 November 2014, by Sharifah Masinah Abdullah, New Strait Times Online, http://www.nst.com.my/node/52194