KUALA LUMPUR: State governments in the Peninsular have been asked to expedite and finalise the demarcation and measuring of their borders to avoid overlapping claims.
Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said the process will avoid overlapping claims, especially in the maritime boundaries where there could be new oil and gas sources.
He said the state governments are urged to expedite the process once the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (Jupem) has done its measuring in the maritime area.
"For example, Kelantan and Terengganu, we know that oil and gas are important for them.
"So if the process is expedited then a memorandum of understanding (MoU) can be signed.
"After that, if there are new areas where oil or gas is found, then it will be easier to determine who gets to claim it," said Dr Xavier after attending the 74th National Land Council meeting in Parliament on Monday (Dec 3).
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, some ministers, mentris besar, chief ministers and other representatives.
Earlier, Dr Wan Azizah said that Jupem has carried out the demarcation of the land border between states in 19 sectors.
From the 19 sectors, Dr Wan Azizah said that work in four sectors has been completed, four sectors have been marked and measured, two sectors are in the process of being measured while nine sectors are in the MoU signing stages."The government hopes that the nine sectors that are in the MoU signing stages will be done as soon as possible," she said.
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