China to teach Malaysia how to control its borders
KUNMING: Malaysia is going to send a team to China to learn how it controls its borders.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is on a working visit here, said Malaysia’s control system at the Thai border was more of a barbed fence or wall, compared to China’s sophisticated drone technology, satellites and high-definition CCTV, among others.
He said: “We don’t have all these, maybe the cost is too high. With this discussion we had with China, maybe we can talk about transfer of technology by way of ‘Build Lease Manage and Transfer’, with certain agencies in China collaborating with agencies in Malaysia, whereby the cost could be reduced.”
Zahid said Malaysia could learn a lot from China, particularly in Yunnan Province which controls its borders with neighbouring Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, involving 4,000 km.
In two months’ time, Malaysia will send 10 officers from the National Security Council, Immigration, Malaysian Border Security Agency, police and the military to China. They will study China’s border control standard operating procedures.
Zahid said he discussed security, drugs from the golden triangle and terrorism with the Yunnan Department of Public Security deputy director general Guo Bao.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said: “In my opinion, border matters are not only about the physical wall but must have one specific system integration to include new technology and the scientific approaches proposed by Yunnan authorities.”