After nine years and more than RM3mil, the boundary between Pahang and Terengganu has been finally agreed on with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between both state governments.
It took the Survey and Mapping Department about nine years and RM3.76mil to mark out the 200.4km of boundary between the two states. Surveying work began in 1994.
The MoU supersedes the last border agreement which was inked on Nov 29, 1899 between the King of Siam and the British colonial government.
It is the first border between states to be officially endorsed. The borders of six states are still being mapped out.
At yesterday's signing ceremony, Pahang was represented by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and state secretary Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Salleh and Terengganu by its Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and state secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong.
During a press conference later, Adnan said the MoU would make it easier for both state governments to take action against illegal loggers and clearing of land in their borders.
Previously, there was confusion over which government had jurisdiction concerning illegal logging.
“The move will also help both states to manage the environment and forest to prevent deterioration of the quality of water and to safeguard water catchment areas.
“There must be close cooperation between Pahang and Terengganu, not to compete with one another or other states, but for mutual benefit,” Adnan said.
Meanwhile, Idris proposed to revive the committee on boundary development which had been abandoned in 1999.
“There are a lot of economic activities that can be carried out using an integrated approach such as nature or adventure-based tourism.
“The East Corridor Development Master Plan initiated by Petronas is in the final stages and once approved, will benefit both states,” he said.
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