WASHINGTON: The Government has received seven proposals from the private sector on various technology and construction plans to improve the country's border security.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Home Ministry had submitted the proposals to the National Security Council for scrutiny.
"This includes whether to use permanent assets or assets in the form of technology, or a combination of both," he told Malaysian journalists here on Wednesday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Government would also study the funding aspect of the construction as it involved substantial costs.
"We expect to spend at least RM1bil in safeguarding the northern peninsular border alone," he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Economic Planning Unit and Finance Ministry could study the mode of payment, whether it should be deferred or shared between the public and private sectors, or other means.
He said the project must be expeditiously implemented to reinforce the country's security control.
During his meeting with the United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas at his office, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the issue of border security agency operations was among the topics discussed.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, arrived here early Tuesday for a week-long working visit to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.
He said the United States had also offered to familiarise Malaysia with its border control operations assets, including satellite and radar equipment, and other assets that could be used in Malaysia. – Bernama