BUKIT KAYU HITAM - The Bukit Kayu Hitam Duty Free Complex operator here has contributed RM1.5 million towards the construction of a 4.5km concrete wall to help curb smuggling activities along the Malaysia-Thai border.
Cergasjaya Properties Sdn Bhd director Ahmad Shaker Ahmad said the company hoped the 2.1m high wall would be able to stop cross-border smuggling here.
He said work on the wall started last month and was expected to be completed by November.
The wall will replace the complex's perimeter fence, which was frequently breached by illegal immigrants and smuggling syndicates.
"We hope the wall will help curb smuggling activities into our border," he said when monitoring its construction recently.
Present was Kubang Pasu member of parliament Datuk Johari Baharum's special officer, Zulfitri Yaakob.
Ahmad Shaker said the company would also deploy security guards to patrol the wall.
He said they approved the funds for the wall following a request from the state Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP), Customs Department and police.
State UPP commander Abdul Latif Abd Rahman, in commending the company for its generosity, said smuggling cases had decreased since work on the wall started.
He said the company's commitment in working with the authorities to weed out cross-border smuggling should be emulated by others.