Malaysia, Indonesia reviewing border pacts

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By Gabriel Lihan

THE Malaysian Government and its Indonesian counterpart are currently in the process of reviewing both the Border Trade Agreement (BTA) 1970 and Border Crossing Agreement (BCA) 1967.

‘’This is to facilitate the cross-border trade between these two regions and the cross-border movement of the people residing around the border, said Deputy Premier Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

While delivering his ministerial winding up speech at the august House he said  the Federal government had approved RM100 million under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) for the upgrading of the Tebedu Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex.

‘’In this regard, the Sarawak government has requested the Federal government to expedite the implementation of the project.

Awang Tengah also pointed out that the Sarawak government had requested the Federal government to continue negotiations with the Indonesian government to normalise the border trade, especially in Tebedu and Entikong.

He added that the Federal government had agreed to form a taskforce to plan for the joint border development for Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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