PRESS RELEASE SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM ON THE PROCESS FOR THE JOINT DEMARCATION AND SURVEY OF THE LAND BOUNDARY
The Government of Malaysia and the Government of Brunei Darussalam today signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Process for the Joint Demarcation and Survey of the Land Boundary between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. The Government of Malaysia was represented by YBhg. Tan Sri Mohd Radzi Abdul Rahman, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Government of Brunei Darussalam by His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Hisham Haji Mohd Hanifah, PermanentSecretary of the Ministry of Finance.
The signing of the MOU took place in conjunction with the 8th Malaysia – Brunei Darussalam Meeting on the Implementation of the 2009 Exchange of Letters. The Meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Pehin Dato Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam and YBhg. Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Special Envoy of the Government of Malaysia on the Implementation of the Exchange of Letters.
The MOU provides the terms of reference and modalities for the demarcation of the land boundary between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. Both countries have agreed to carry out the exercise based on the five existing Land Boundary Agreements of 4th February 1920; 25th August 1931; 31st October 1931; 24th February 1933 and 4th November 1939. In the areas where no land boundary agreement exists as yet, both countries shall negotiate, solely on the basis of the watershed principle, a definition of the precise course of the boundary.
This exercise will set yet another important milestone for Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam in moving forward towards a strengthened and more comprehensive bilateral cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia
19 march 2012