Malaysia, Thailand build wall along border

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Source: Bangkok Post

Some 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall that completely shut off the West Berlin from East Germany for almost three decades, erecting walls along borders seems to become trending again.

Malaysia, with the approval of Thailand, has said it will raise a 121-kilometer wall and perimeter fencing along the banks of the Kolok River, which separates Malaysia’s Kelantan state from Thailand’s Narathiwat province, to prevent smuggling of contraband goods and “other forms of border crime.”

Areas on the Malaysian side of the wall will be declared “security zones.” The wall and fence would deter drugs and firearms smuggling as well as stop criminals from fleeing across territories, the Malaysian home ministry said.

Kelantan is one of Malaysia’s problem states with a high crime rate and much illicit border business to Thailand, while Thailand’s Muslim-majority Narathiwat province harbours an active separatist movement that procures its weapons mainly from Malaysia.

However, it has bee conceded that the wall will also affect the normal economic activities of the people on both sides of the border, but the Malaysian government said it could not take into account the economic factors alone “without looking at the issue of safety.”

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Source: Bangkok Post

Some 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall that completely shut off the West Berlin from East Germany for almost three decades, erecting walls along borders seems to become trending again.

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Border wall graph
Source: Bangkok Post

Some 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall that completely shut off the West Berlin from East Germany for almost three decades, erecting walls along borders seems to become trending again.

Malaysia, with the approval of Thailand, has said it will raise a 121-kilometer wall and perimeter fencing along the banks of the Kolok River, which separates Malaysia’s Kelantan state from Thailand’s Narathiwat province, to prevent smuggling of contraband goods and “other forms of border crime.”

Areas on the Malaysian side of the wall will be declared “security zones.” The wall and fence would deter drugs and firearms smuggling as well as stop criminals from fleeing across territories, the Malaysian home ministry said.

Kelantan is one of Malaysia’s problem states with a high crime rate and much illicit border business to Thailand, while Thailand’s Muslim-majority Narathiwat province harbours an active separatist movement that procures its weapons mainly from Malaysia.

However, it has bee conceded that the wall will also affect the normal economic activities of the people on both sides of the border, but the Malaysian government said it could not take into account the economic factors alone “without looking at the issue of safety.”

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