Brunei and Malaysia to Speed Up Border Crossing between Both Countries

Brunei, Malaysia, infrastructure

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. (photo: the Star)

Annual talks took place at the end of last week between Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, at Istana Nurul Iman in the centre of Bandar Sri Begawan, the Brunei capital.

Beside inking an accord on sharing oil and gas revenues, as well as further developing economic cooperation, both politicians discussed immigration issues related to the Pan Borneo Highway (the highway passes through Brunei). Results are expected to be solved before next year’s talks, Malaysian PM Najib declared to reporters. He said Malaysia’s proposal to establish a new route from the capital of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, to Limbang in Sarawak was well accepted by the Sultan.
Najib said the Sultan also wanted the current immigration process, which requires one’s passport to be stamped seven times for each trip across Brunei, to be reduced to only one entry stamp and one exit stamp. He said Malaysia would propose a more applicable and secured system to ease the movement of people.

Najib said the Sultan was clearly looking forward to a smooth Pan Borneo access because his team members endured a 14-hour journey by road to reach the venue when he participated in the Sarawak Regatta last week. The Prime Minister said he informed the Sultan that once the Pan Borneo Highway was completed, travelling time would be reduced to almost half.

Currently it takes up to 19 hours to go from Sarawak most western point to Miri and the border with Brunei. When completed in early 2022, the 1,060 km Pan Borneo Highway will be slated to be the transportation backbone of the states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the Sultanate of Brunei. It will play a major role to open up economic corridors and opportunities for tourism in areas it transverses.

(Source: Bernama)