S’wak Transport Ministry aims close rapport with Federal counterpart to facilitate State’s transportation industry

From left: Buckland, Dr Jerip, Lee, and Wee indulge in a discussion during MOTS’ courtesy visit on Jan 19, 2022.

KUCHING, Jan 24: The Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS) aims to establish a close rapport and strong relationship with the Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOTM) and its agencies to efficiently facilitate and resolve issues related to the transportation industry in Sarawak.

Following that, MOTS Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin has led a delegation to pay a courtesy call to MOTM and its agencies on Jan 19, 2022.

The delegation was joined by Transport Assistant Minister I Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, MOTS permanent secretary Datu Buckland Bangik, Joseph Cheok from the State Attorney General Chamber, and senior officers of various divisions in MOTS.

Among the agencies under the MOTM visited were the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), and Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

“This was only the beginning of the working visit, whereby other Federal agencies under land and river transport such as Road Transport Department (JPJ), Malaysia Institute of Road Safety and Research (MIROS), Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), Railway Asset Corporation (RAC), Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana), Marine Department of Malaysia (JLM), and Marine Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) will follow accordingly,” Lee said in a statement today.

During the working visit, a dialogue session was also made with MOTM led by its Deputy Minister Dato Henry Sum Agong, with secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak and senior MOTM officers discussing matters that revolved around the growth and development of the Sarawak transportation sector.

Later in the afternoon, a courtesy visit cum discussion with MOTM Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong was made to ensure Federal commitment and support in developing the transport industry in Sarawak.

Kim Shin also briefed Wee that Sarawak has moved into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting Jan 3, 2022, and interstate travel is expected to rebound.

“All these movements of people and goods across the State will rely heavily on the efficiency of the transportation system in the country,” Lee emphasised. — DayakDaily