BATU PAHAT: The Johor government plans to legitimise jetties in the state operating without licences and that are involved in import and export activities.
Johor public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said there were hundreds of unregistered jetties in the state.
He said these include sectors such as fisheries, barter trade and passenger jetties which faced many risks, including accidents.
“We plan to build a central jetty in each district where safety will be a priority and unhealthy activities such as smuggling are curtailed.
“At the same time, we can then monitor and stop illegal immigrants at the entry points in the state,” he said after visiting the jetties in the district here.
Also present was Johor health, culture and heritage committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar.
Mohd Solihan added that at present only passenger jetties were registered with the authorities.
The process of legitimising the other jetties will be carried out this year, he said.
“In Batu Pahat district alone there are about 40 jetties but only four have permits to operate,” he said.
Mohd Khuzzan said he supported plans to build a central jetty in every district as currently Johor Health Department did not have a specific area to check and sample goods delivered to the jetties.
“For instance, in the Batu Pahat area which is one of the major entry points for the import of coconuts into Malaysia, there were 1,800 consignments of coconuts imported from Sumatera, Indonesia in 2017 alone, besides food items such as meat, brown sugar, mussels and others.
“With the central jetties, it would be easier for us to carry out sampling as well as other safety measures,” he said. — Bernama