SATUN, 31 October 2014
The public and private sectors in the southern province of Satun have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to give full support to proposals for a bridge linking Satun with Perlis, a city in Malaysia.
More than 20 agencies and organizations in the province joined the ceremony on Friday to show their support for the construction of the Satun-Perlis bridge, which has been stalled for several years. Governor Dechrat Simsiri said the signing of the MOU was a good start to pick up where they left off.
The next step is to submit the project to the government for approval, possibly opening up an opportunity for the private sector to invest in the project. According to Governor Dechrat, Malaysia has already completed the construction of the section of road on the Malaysian side, and is waiting to be connected with the Thai section of the road via the the proposed Satun-Purlis bridge.
Thailand and Malaysia have been in talks to step up cooperation along their border for years. The two countries signed an MOU in 2007, under which communication facilities linking the two sides were to be constructed. However, the projects have been stalled for years.