Thai Prime Minister Denies Canal Reports

Monday, August 30, 1999
Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has denied reports that the government plans to build a canal across southern Thailand, bypassing the Malacca Straits shipping lane. He said that while the construction of the canal, estimated at $21.2 billion, is still being studied, it is not a simple issue and requires more research before a decision will be made.
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