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By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, July 29: The state government has allocated RM9 million to set up a border post at Telok Melano under the 12th Malaysia Plan, revealed Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The state government has also set aside a piece of land for the said purpose including RM500,000 for its initial implementation.
“I informed him about the recent cabinet decision to set up a border post at Telok Melano with the support from the Sarawak government. This is to enhance bilateral ties with Indonesia.
“The Sarawak government will provide the land for the said purpose and it will also provide RM9 million for the project with initial an allocation of RM500,000.
“The Chief Minister agreed with it as it would bring benefits to the state and the local community. This project will be implemented under the 12th Malaysia Plan,” Muhyiddin told the media after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the latter’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.
He added that state and federal agencies will also be involved in the project’s implementation and will be mobilised there.
“It will be discussed in greater detail on its implementation. Currently, we have an understanding with Indonesia on border control that benefits both countries which include security and socio-economic benefits for both sides,” added Muhyiddin.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said his discussion with Abang Johari was cordial and fruitful as they discussed the cooperation between the state and federal governments.
“We discussed on how we should have better cooperation between the Sarawak government and my ministry and on matters of common interests. His response was very positive; even though (Sarawak under) Gabungan Parti Sarawak is not part of Pakatan Harapan (federal government), he wants to have a good relationship with the federal government for the benefit of the people.” — DayakDaily