State to relook its Port Authorities Ordinance to consolidate, develop modern facilities

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, Sept 5: The state government will study its Port Authorities Ordinance to consolidate all ports in Sarawak and meet demands of modern facilities.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the study will look at the facilities that needed to be upgraded or expanded, especially in meeting to the modern economic trade.

“There are areas that we have to look into in our Port Authorities Ordinance in order to meet the demands of modern ports in terms of facilities, because now people go for containerisation and modern managing of ports.

“So we have to look at our ordinance, that’s all,” he told reporters after officiating at Sarawak Export Day 2019, here, today.

Abang Johari cited the need to relook at operation of ports statewide, especially in the management of port mobility, which is fully computerised in modern facilities.

One such expansion that has been proposed was setting up an industrial terminal at one of the ports, he said, adding that the port should be near a petrochemical complex.

“There is a proposal to build a refinery that must be equipped with a jetty. Then there’s the question of safety, so we have to look at the terminal as well.

“I will announce later. We are still in the planning stage now,” Abang Johari said. — DayakDaily