Malaysia and Thailand will work to expedite the completion of the Second Bridge Link at Rantau Panjang-Sungai Golok and the New Bridge Link at Pengkalan Kubor-Tak Bai, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
During the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Development Strategy for Border Areas (JDS) today, both countries agreed to adhere to the stipulated timeline to ensure that groundbreaking ceremonies for the projects can be held next year.
“In order for the JDS to remain relevant, we must also address the areas where improvements can be made and those areas which have been lagging,” Anifah said in his opening remarks during the 13th Joint Commission (JCM) for Bilateral Cooperation and Fourth JDS between Malaysia and Thailand at the Grand Hyatt Hotel here today.
“Unless we can complete these two key projects, it would be difficult for us to transition from the current JDS Action Plan to the Second JDS Action Plan,” Anifah said.
Both countries also reiterated their commitment to further expand trade and investment with a view to achieve the target of US$30 billion (RM128.6 billion) of bilateral trade by 2018.
The JCM and JDS are held alternately by both countries. The last ministerial meetings were held in Phuket, Thailand, on Dec 14 and 15, 2013.