Minister urges states to finalise border demarcation to facilitate development

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan (picture), urged the state governments to complete the process of determining the state borders, particularly in border areas, to facilitate development planning and implementation.

Takiyuddin said having a clear boundary will also allow local governments to carry out effective enforcement activities, particularly in preventing land encroachment and illegal resource exploration.

“The settlement of land boundaries between states is important to enable state governments to plan and implement development projects in border areas in a more orderly and integrated manner,” he told reporters at the Land Boundary Agreement Signing Ceremony between Selangor and Negri Sembilan yesterday.

“For example, the opening of industrial and municipal areas on the border between Selangor and Negri Sembilan, such as in Sepang, Selangor; Semenyih, Selangor; Nilai, Negri Sembilan; and others, will be able to be planned and optimised up to the boundary alignment limit that has been finalised,” he added.

“We can also see that development around the border areas of Selangor and Negri Sembilan has succeeded in creating new towns such as Bandar Baru Nilai, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Bandar Baru Enstek, Bandar Bukit Mahkota and Bandar Seri Putra.

“The development in the border area is also expected to boost local economic activity, which also contributes to employment opportunities and the living standards of the people,” he said.

The land border agreement between Selangor and Negri Sembilan consists of 111.9km from the meeting point of the three states, namely Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Pahang, and ends at the mouth of Sungai Sepang, Selangor.

The endpoint will be used as a starting point for the two states to begin negotiations on determining the state territory’s maritime boundary to the sea.

Takiyuddin also expressed his appreciation to the survey work team from the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia who had been involved in the work of marking and measuring the land boundary between Selangor and Negri Sembilan from May 5, 2016, to its full completion on March 17, 2018.

The Mentri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, also stated that the next phase will be the negotiation on the maritime boundary between Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

“Back then, verbal agreements were made to determine the land boundary between the two states. However, now with the signing of this agreement, we have formally agreed on the boundaries between us,” he said.