Water hyacinths’ impact on S’wak river transportation among issues discussed between ministry, Unimas

Lee (fourth left) receiving a memento from Mohd Kadim after the courtesy call in Kuching on March 27, 2023.

KUCHING, March 28: Potential research on resolving the problem that water hyacinth vegetation pose to Sarawak’s river transportation system was among the issues discussed between Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

In a press release issued by Ministry of Transport Sarawak (MOTS), the matter was brought up during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the university led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, to Lee at the latter’s office in Petra Jaya yesterday (March 27).

During the meeting, Lee was briefed on the areas of interest that Unimas would like to work on together with his ministry.

Other matters raised include improving the transportation sector in Sarawak and reducing traffic congestion in major cities and towns.

“Among the potential areas for Unimas and MOTS to collaborate on include urban traffic management, road safety and research in transportation, and logistics,” said the press release.

Lee also encouraged Unimas to work with the Sarawak government, especially on developing renewable energy for a green, safe, and sustainable transportation industry, such as hydrogen energy, to power the transport sector in the future.

Also present during the visit were Unimas Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Research) Professor Dr Wan Hashim and Julin Alen, head of the Land Transport and Logistic Division of MOTS. — DayakDaily