‘Is Thai­land pre­pared to of­fer same ser­vice?’

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

THE pro­posed 24-hour op­er­a­tions of the Im­mi­gra­tion, Cus­toms, Quar­an­tine and Se­cu­rity (ICQS) Com­plex here can be done only with the Thai govern­ment’s co­op­er­a­tion, said Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Mohd Azis Jam­man.

He said open­ing the bor­ders for 24 hours com­pared with the present 18 must take into con­sid­er­a­tion if Thai­land was pre­pared to of­fer the same ser­vice.

“We have to con­sider if they are pre­pared, how can we open 24 hours if Thai­land is closed... So far, the pro­posal is still at the dis­cus­sion stage.

“At present, we are op­er­at­ing 18 hours a day af­ter the first phase of the new com­plex was com­pleted last year, but in terms of in­fra­struc­ture, we are pre­pared to open the bor­der for 24 hours,” he said.

Ear­lier, Azis vis­ited the sec­ond phase of the ICQS In­te­grated Con­struc­tion Project Site, which is due to be com­pleted in the mid­dle of next year and was sat­is­fied with the project which was 10 per cent ahead of sched­ule.

For­mer deputy prime min­is­ter and for­mer home min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi had pre­vi­ously said the 24hour op­er­a­tions would be­gin on Jan 1.

Aziz said when it was com­pleted, the sec­ond phase, which costs RM133 mil­lion, would fa­cil­i­tate op­er­a­tions and make it eas­ier for Malaysians trav­el­ling to Thai­land and Thais com­ing to Malaysia.


Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Mohd Azis Jam­man (left) vis­it­ing the sec­ond phase of the ICQS In­te­grated Con­struc­tion Project Site in Bukit Kayu Hi­tam yes­ter­day.

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