Brunei’s border reopening: Transport Minister wants SOPs in place at cross border checkpoint

Lee inspecting the Sungai Tujoh ICQS checkpoints.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, July 23: Sarawak Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin has called for standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be in place at the Sungai Tujoh Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex here once Brunei fully reopens its land and sea borders on August 1.

“I was told that the Sungai Tujoh ICQS Complex will operate in full swing come August 1 as they are expecting an increase in travellers coming in,” he said when carrying out inspections at the Sungai Tujoh ICQS Complex today.

The Senadin assemblyman added that Sarawak’s border counters will operate from 6am to 6pm — similar to their counterparts in Brunei. He added that 14 counters will be operating.

He also reminded foreign travellers from Brunei to fill up their digital traveller cards and vehicle monitoring system (VMS) — which can be done at http://customssg7.my — to prevent long queues.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 7,000 vehicles were recorded passing through the Sungai Tujoh ICQS checkpoint daily, increasing to 10,000 during weekends.

Meanwhile, Lee also instructed the Miri Public Works Department (JKR) to repair potholes along the Sungai Tujoh ICQS Complex. — DayakDaily