23/04/2018 - WORKS TO TURN TEBEDU IMMIGRATION COMPLEX TO ICQS TO START JULY 1

WORKS TO TURN TEBEDU IMMIGRATION COMPLEX TO ICQS TO START JULY 1

Borneo Post (Online) : 23/04/2018

TEBEDU: Works to upgrade the present Tebedu Immigration Complex into an Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex will start on July 1.

According to Human Resources Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot, with the works to start soon, he was looking forward to seeing Tebedu become a busy place frequented by tourists again, just like it was before 2004.

Speaking during his ministry’s ‘programme with the people’ at the community hall here yesterday, he said that tourists were now flocking to Serikin (Bau) instead.

Serikin is a market town that sells mostly goods and products from Indonesia. Unlike Serikin, Riot said Tebedu did not have any tourist attraction, but he is confident  that once the Tebedu ICQS is completed, things would change for the better.

“Tebedu will once again be a popular tourist destination, and maybe more popular than Serikin,” said Riot who is Serian incumbent MP.

He said the government has a plan to create a trade zone in Tebedu, to benefit the people living on both sides of the border.

“This (trade zone) will materialise after the Tebedu ICQS is completed as it will be integrated into the Tebedu Inland Port. It (inland port) will be a white elephant no more after that,” he added.

The Tebedu ICQS will allow more trade activities between Sarawak and West Kalimantan, and with the re-activation of Tebedu Inland Port this year, the local people and Sarawakians as a whole will surely benefit.

At present, a cargo shipment between Pontianak Port in West Kalimantan and Kuching Port takes at least 24 hours but with the reactivation of the Tebedu Inland Port, the journey could be shortened to only five hours.

The understanding to reopen cross border trade in Tebedu and Entikong in Indonesia, was reached at the 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders Consultation in Kuching last year.

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