Thailand and Malaysia are considering the construction of a wall at their common border, with the stated purpose of improving both countries’ security in the face of increased international threats posed by terrorism and smugglers.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha met on Friday with his Malaysian omologue, premier Najib Razak, in Bangkok, in an official meeting at the Government House in Thailand’s capital.
The first issue taken into consideration was the increase intelligence sharing on security between the two Southasian countries. And while the talks did not decide upon the building of a security wall on the shared border, the possibility will be adressed in the next months.
“The matter is under consideration but we need to determine the physical dimensions of the wall or fence as well as the sharing of the costs,” said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Talks about the construction of a border wall come after a wave of bomb attacks swept across Thailand’s southern provinces in the past few months, wh four people dead and dozens wounded in explosions that hitm, among other places, famous resorts like Hua Hin and Phuket.
According to Reuters, the southern part of Thailand has been also targeted by smugglers, human traffickers with contraband, including drugs and petrol, flourishing in the region for years before Thailand enforced a crackdown on illicit activities last year.
“We both face security issues including the fight against terrorism, human trafficking and illegal smuggling, that is why we need to address these issues seriously,” said Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday.
Across the world, other countries have taken similar steps in the past year, with Hungary building a security fence at the border with Serbia to cut on illegal migration, while England and France are currently investigating the opportunity to build a so-called Great Wall in Calais, to keep the migrants out of the port, the scene of a large refugee camp near the entrance to the Eurotunnel.