Operating hours of control posts along the Brunei-Malaysia border will be extended to midnight with effect from September 1, border officials confirmed.
Check points at Sungai Tujoh, Labu and Ujung Jalan have already extended the closing time to 12 midnight starting yesterday. The decision will allow for better facilitation of movement of the people of both nations, which has been a long-standing point of discussion among members of the public who had called for such a step.
The move will help facilitate smoother traffic for road users commuting for weddings, Hari Raya open houses as well as medical emergencies. The decision follows the recent agreement reached between Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
It was first announced by Najib at a press conference on August 11 held prior to his departure from Brunei International Airport after attending the 19th Annual Leaders’ Meeting with His Majesty.
Najib had said that the leaders agreed to extend operating period of border check points from the current closing time at 10pm to midnight. Earlier, Brunei officials had said the extension will be done in a phased manner as it involves many agencies manning the border posts.
Previously, in conjunction with Malaysia’s Independence Day celebrations, operation time of border posts was temporarily extended to midnight for three days from August 30 to September 1.