Border free of terror threat


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Mar 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

BETONG: There are no signs of terrorist activities along the Malaysia-Thai border due to the on-going war in Iraq. 

Second Infantry Brigade commander Brig Jen Amirudin Mahmud Aladad Khan said the war in Iraq would not result in any threat of terrorism along the border. 

“The issue of terrorism is not under the purview of the armed forces of both our countries which are involved in joint patrol. It is handled by the police,” he said. 

Earlier, Brig Jen Amirudin Mahmud and Fifth Infantry Regiment commander of the Royal Thai Army, Special Col Noppawan G. Surawichai, launched the ninth Malaysia-Thailand Joint Border Patrol here on Thursday. 

The border patrol from Bukit Berapit to Lepang Nenering would be carried out by Malaysian soldiers from the 303 Infantry Battalion (TA) based in Pengkalan Hulu and the Royal Thai army from the 441 Border Surveillance Centre. 

The patrol which started yesterday would end on May 24. Army personnel from both countries would patrol the zone in their own countries within one km from the border. 

Brig Jen Amirudin Mahmud said the necessary action would be taken if the governments of both the countries needed help to overcome terrorism at the border. 

He said following an agreement signed in May 18, 2000, the scope of joint border co-operation between the two armed forces had been increased. 

He said the agreement covered illegal entry, smuggling, co-operation in training and operations, exchange of information, assistance in demarcation work along the border, assistance in the management and relief in disaster situations within the border area and any other common problem approved and recognised by both governments.  

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