Malaysian border fence plan hailed
- Published: 16 Sep 2013 at 20.07
- Online news:
Thai security authorities on Monday hailed Malaysia’s plan to prevent cross-border crime by building a fence along the Sungai Kolok River, which separates Kelantan state from the southern province of Narathiwat.
Col Adisak Prachakittikul, secretary to the Thai-Malaysian Regional Border Committee (RBC), said his Malaysian counterparts had not officially informed him about the plan, though there is no need for them to do so, since there are no territorial disputes in the area.
He said the authorities had learned about the proposals from media coverage, but that the fence “will likely be a boon" for Thailand, since it will help to prevent "smuggling of tax-evading goods” and other illegal cross-border activities.
In May, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha proposed the construction of a fence along the entire 640-km Thai-Malaysian border, to deter southern insurgents from moving freely across the frontier. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra backed the idea.
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