Uggah: Deadline set in December for Samalaju Port to resolve issues

Uggah (third left, front row), together with his deputy Datuk Majang Renggie (second left), Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai (second left, back row) and others pose for a group photo with the port's staff during his visit today.

KUCHING, Aug 19: The Samalaju Port management has been given until December this year to resolve issues pertaining to its main vessel turnaround time.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this is important as the port was expected to play a critical role in the State’s industrial development activities, especially in Samalaju.

“The port too must strive to improve all essential services besides upgrading the necessary infrastructure,” he said after a working visit to Samalaju Port in Bintulu, today.

Accompanying him were his deputy minister Datuk Majang Renggie, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Port and Infrastructure Development (MIPD) Chiew Chew Yaw.

Uggah said in order to attract more foreign investors, port services in Sarawak must also meet the international standards.

“The investors have other choices at their disposal. So in order to attract them, our ports must meet their standard and they must be very happy with what we have to offer.

“In other word, our ports must be very efficient, which should be their Key Performance Indicator (KPI),” he added.

He said port efficiency was one of the important aspects in order for the State to achieve high income status by 2030.

“We have our Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 to propel us toward this. We need to act now to resolve any issues because we do not have the time. Time is not on our side.

“So within these few months we must be proactive,” he added. — DayakDaily