Padang Besar round-the-clock border operation will spur growth, says Perlis MB

MUHAMMAD MUSTAKIM RAMLI


KANGAR: The federal government's move to extend operations at the border checkpoint at Padang Besar to 24 hours will help spur economic growth in Perlis.


Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said the move is in line with Padang Besar's status as the Border Trade Town in 2014.


Azlan said the state government supported the move to extend the Malaysia-Thai border checkpoint operation from 18 hours currently to 24 hours as it will help draw more visitors to Perlis.


"The state government fully supports the federal goverment's plan and at the same time, we also hope that several issues, in particular security inspection, to be given due importance to ensure no quarters will take advantage of it.


"There is a possibility that the move to extend the checkpoint operation will open the opportunity for cross-border smuggling, so the government must take into account this matter when finalising the plan," he told reporters on the sideline of the state legislative assembly meeting here today.


Yesterday, Azlan's counterpart, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said Kedah goverment has, in principle, agreed with the federal government's plan to extend operations at the border checkpoint at Bukit Kayu Hitam to 24 hours.


Bashah had informed the Kedah state legislative assembly that the government has scrutinised all relevant issues on extending the operation hours, in particular, security.


Ahmad Bashah said the operations extension would encourage foreign visitors' arrival and reduce traffic congestion at the CIQ complex during peak hours.