BUKIT KAYU HITAM: The proposed 24-hour operations of the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex here needs the agreement of the Thai government, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.
He said opening the borders for 24 hours compared to the present 18 must consider if Thailand was prepared to offer the same service.
“We have to consider if they are prepared, how can we be open 24 hours if Thailand is closed...So far, the proposal is still at the discussion stage, there are still several aspects which must be studied.
“At present, we are still 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 told reporters today.
Earlier, Mohd Azis visited the second phase of the ICQS Integrated Construction Project Site which is due to be completed mid-2019 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 24-hour operations would begin on Jan 1 next year.
Aziz said when it is completed the second phase which costs RM133 million will facilitate operations and make it easier for Malaysians travelling to Thailand and Thais coming to Malaysia.
On a separate development, asked about the abolition of the mandatory death sentence for all offences, Mohd Azis said the Home Ministry only implements the laws that were enacted.
“We at the ministry just abide and implement whatever law is enacted in Parliament,” he said.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong has been reported as saying the mandatory death sentence for all offences in the country will be abolished. - Bernama