‘Include CVLB under task force’

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  • Sunday, 09 Nov 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Lorry Operators Association wants the Government to include the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) under the special task force to slash red tape and tackle problems of corruption in the civil service. 

Its secretary-general Alvin H. M. Choong said the Government needed to take a closer look at the operations of CVLB. 

“We have proof that at least 25% of between 10,000 and 15,000 active commercial vehicle permits are owned by people who are neither involved in the transportation industry nor own a single lorry or truck.  

“Instead, these people rent out their permits based on the current ‘market price' – which is RM500 per month,” he claimed. 

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced the setting up of the special task force after chairing his first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday since becoming Prime Minister on Oct 31. 

Choong said many of its members who had to halt their operations during the 1997-1998 recession had yet to get back their permits despite having the lorries and trucks. 

The CVLB, he said, had made it difficult for these companies to revive their operations as they were required to apply for fresh permits instead of allowing them to just renew their expired ones, saying that the permits could not be renewed as the lorries had not been running for a certain period of time. 

The Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia (BEIM), in welcoming Abdullah's announcement, said it was “a wake-up call to shape Corporate Malaysia with high standards of ethics, good governance and integrity.” 

BEIM chairman Dr Zainal Abidin Abdul Majid said Abdullah, with the genuine support of all his Cabinet ministers, could provide a programme and regular reports on how they are faring in implementing the task and the problems they faced. 

“This is not mere lip service or a flash-in-the-pan mission. It is the will of the national leaders that will see this through,” he said. 

Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) president Datuk K. Kenneth Eswaran said cutting red tape and fighting corruption in the public service would enhance the confidence of domestic and foreign investors. 

“Reduction of red tape will reduce the bottleneck currently faced by the private sector and foreign investors while the call for ‘zero corruption’ will reduce the cost of doing business,” he said in a statement yesterday. 

Eswaran added that Abdullah’s call to improve and fast track the licensing and permit approval procedure would also work in favour of a vibrant business environment. 

In Kuching, deregistered Sarawak National Party (SNAP) gave its full backing to Abdullah to fight corruption and abuse of power in the civil service. 

“We fully support the move and revamp of certain government agencies,” said its president Edwin Dundang after chairing the party’s central executive committee meeting here on Friday night. 

The party also recorded its appreciation to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for his 22 year’s of “excellent and inspiring” leadership that had made Malaysia a respected nation in the world. 

The Registrar of Societies had revoked the party’s registration a year ago after it failed to resolve a leadership crisis and SNAP is now fighting the decision in court. 

The deregistration led to the birth of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party, which has been admitted into Barisan Nasional.  

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