To tighten surveillance, Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to build a wall along their common border in 2016.
Malaysian Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said on Monday (14 Sept 2015) the pact was reached at the General Border Committee Meeting and it would be referred to Parliament for provision of allocations, according to The Star.
He said several sections along the border had been identified for the construction of a wall, with construction and maintenance costs funded by both countries.
“If we had to build a wall or fence in the past, it would have to be on the Malaysian side while Thailand would build their own structure. Now, we will only build one wall on the border between the two countries.
“From the aspect of patrolling, Thailand will inspect their side and we on ours. It is more practical and saves costs for both countries,” he told reporters after the 32nd Malaysia-Thailand High Level Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
Also present was Thailand’s Armed Forces chief Gen Worapong Sanganetra.