MUKAH, Oct 2 — Sarawak port law would be amended to upgrade the State’s ports and their services.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is in order to modernise Sarawak’s ports and enhance their efficiency, making them more attractive as transit ports.
“Ports are important for trade. We have to upgrade our ports for example to enable tracking of movement of vessels in real time.
“Turnaround time for loading and unloading of containers must be reduced in order to be attractive as transiting port,” he said in his opening address at the State’s Development Coordination Committee meeting held at the Sarawak Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) building here today.
He said this was the reason why the Infrastructure and Ports Development Ministry was formed in the last cabinet reshuffle.
Abang Johari who is also the chairman of Recoda’s board of directors stressed that port development and services were under the power of the state according to the Federal Constitution and the State Government would amend the Port Ordinance as ports were important to the development of Sarawak as a trading entity, he said.
The Infrastructure and Ports Development Ministry and the State Attorney-General would study the law and Sarawak’s need before coming up with the amendments, he said.
Similarly, he pointed out that the Ministry of Transport was formed to look into the transportation needs of Sarawak.
“Although transport was under the purview of the federal government, we must not forget that road traffic management was the responsibility of the state at the local authority level,” he said.
On the smart city programme, he said it would start in Kuching especially in the heritage area and among others it was designed to mitigate street crime with installation of closed circuit cameras that would be linked to a central data system.