Longer Brunei-Malaysia border hours

Brunei and Malaysia have agreed to extend operating hours of border checkpoints until midnight, said Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Laila Utama Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Hj Abd Razak yesterday.

The two-hour extension is to overcome difficulties faced by people who travel between the two countries regularly, Dato Najib told media after the annual leaders' consultation between Brunei and Malaysia.

However, no date was given for the implementation of the new operating hours.

Currently, immigration posts are open from 6am to 10pm at the four border crossings between Malaysia and Brunei.

The prime minister said the agreement was reached during talks with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

Malaysia is the largest source of tourist arrivals for Brunei. There were 1.1 million tourist arrivals from Brunei to Malaysia last year, according to a previous report quoting Malaysian High Commisioner Dato Hj Sahak Hj Salleh.

During talks yesterday, both leaders urged their officials to strengthen tourism co-operation and noted the establishment of the Brunei-Sarawak Tourism Working Group.

The working group is tasked with collaborating in areas of accessibility and connectivity, marketing and promotion, as well as safety and security.

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