Revamp of state riverine transportation model in the works

Lee (second right) with Ting (right), Buckland (second left) and others posing for a group photo after attending a briefing at the SRB Sibu office.

By Wendy John

SIBU, Dec 2: The state Transport Ministry is working at coming up with a better riverine transportation model for the whole state including the central region.

Speaking at a press conference after attending a briefing at Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) Sibu Regional Office today, its minister, Datuk Lee Kim Shin said an improvement in the riverine transportation was necessary.

According to Lee, there are many rivers in the state, with 35 of them gazetted. Out of the 35, six major rivers are in the central region and they hold a central role in the movement of people and goods.

Accompanying Lee were his permanent secretary, Buckland Bangik and acting SRB CEO Ting Chiew Wong.

According to Lee, his ministry is not working alone in the improvement of the state’s riverine transportation as SRB would also be working closely with it.

“We are now gathering information and data on what needs to be done to upgrade the state riverine transportation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Senadin assemblyman also revealed that as his ministry was a new one, they were now in the process of sourcing relevant staff to fill various positions.

“We have already filled up the key positions in the ministry,” he said.

His ministry, he emphasised, was also planning for the 12th Malaysia Plan and would be organising several technical meetings to iron out issues. — DayakDaily