Awang Tengah (second right) presenting the sacrificial meat to a recipient while Datuk Morliah (left) and Ahmad Denney (right) look on.

LAWAS: The imposition of entry and exit charges for travellers crossing into and from Brunei Darussalam which were to take effect from today (Aug 1) has been postponed to Oct 1.

According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, such decision is very much appreciated.

“We express our utmost gratitude to the Brunei Darussalam government for postponing their entry and exit fees charged on travellers passing through the sultanate. 

“This decision is to enable Brunei to discuss in depth and take into account the matters that have been sent by the Sarawak government through an official letter previously,” he said.

Brunei early in July announced that it would impose a BND3 (RM9.27) charge per journey under its Exit and Entry Charge Order to all land border arrivals and departing passengers.

Many community and political leaders from northern Sarawak expressed their concerns that Malaysians from Miri, Limbang and Lawas would be affected as they would have to pass through Brunei because currently, there is no road in Sarawak that connects Miri directly with Limbang or Lawas.

On Saturday, Awang Tengah who is Bukit Sari assemblyman along with his wife Datuk Dayang Morliah graced the sacrificial meat distribution ceremony in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha at the Lawas District Mosque.

Also present were the Federal Rural Development Deputy Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Limbang Division Resident Ir Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi, department heads, community leaders and locals.