‘Sabah an­tic­i­pated cab­o­tage pol­icy move’

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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has an­tic­i­pated the ex­emp­tion of cab­o­tage pol­icy as it moves to­wards trans­form­ing Sa­pan­gar Bay Con­tainer Port into a trans­ship­ment hub like Port Klang.

In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ray­mond Tan Shu Kiah, yes­ter­day, said the an­nounce­ment of cab­o­tage pol­icy ex­emp­tion was proof that the de­vel­op­ment of the port here was a se­ri­ous trans­for­ma­tion plan.

He stressed that the state govern­ment could not es­tab­lish a trans­ship­ment hub in Sabah with­out do­ing any­thing about the cab­o­tage pol­icy.

“We need that an­nounce­ment so that the peo­ple will not be con­fused, and it’s im­por­tant.

“Hence, that’s why the govern­ment made it clear we are se­ri­ous about de­vel­op­ing the Sa­pang­gar port. Mov­ing to­wards that de­vel­op­ment, we have to lib­er­alise the cab­o­tage pol­icy.

“This is some­thing we need to tell the peo­ple. We don’t want the peo­ple to be con­fused and con­sis­tently ar­gu­ing about the cab­o­tage,” he said.

On Sun­day, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak an­nounced the pol­icy ex­emp­tion on cargo ves­sels from ports in Penin­su­lar Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan be­gin­ning June 1.

The ex­emp­tion would also cover ar­eas of ship­ments be­tween ports in Sabah as well as be­tween ports in Sarawak and it would not af­fect ser­vices other than freight trans­port ser­vices.

“With this (cab­o­tage ex­emp­tion) an­nounce­ment and the di­rec­tion of the de­vel­op­ment of Sa­pan­gar trans­ship­ment hub, we def­i­nitely need the sup­port of stake­hold­ers,” said Ray­mond.

“One im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment of this hub is we can now en­cour­age pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, re­gard­less of the pro­duc­tion vol­ume.

“This will be a big ad­van­tage to Sabah as we can start get­ting our prod­ucts to be mar­keted.

“Pro­duc­ers don’t have to worry about not be­ing able to ex­port due to the small vol­ume of prod­ucts.

“This is what the peo­ple have been con­cerned about,” he added.

Ray­mond stressed that so long as ves­sels were com­ing in and out (of Sabah), the low quan­tity of prod­ucts could be trans­shipped along with other prod­ucts that could come in from the Philip­pines, In­done­sia or Brunei.

Fed­er­a­tion of Sabah In­dus­tries (FSI) pres­i­dent Datuk Mohd Basri Ga­far said they ex­pected to see a drop in the price of goods, par­tic­u­larly in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, be­gin­ning June.

Com­mend­ing the ef­forts by Na­jib, Basri, how­ever, said FSI would first study the de­tails on the cab­o­tage pol­icy ex­emp­tion be­fore it could re­spond fur­ther.

PIC BY SALHANI IBRAHIM

Bernama gen­eral man­ager Datuk Zulke­fli Salleh (right) and editor-in-chief Datuk Zakaria Ab­dul Wa­hab at the launch of the cel­e­bra­tion at Wisma Bernama, Jalan Tun Razak, yes­ter­day.

Datuk Seri Ray­mond Tan Shu Kiah

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