Set up distribution hub outside cities, says MP

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004

CENTRES for lorries to unload their goods should be set up in the outskirts of major cities to keep heavy vehicles from jamming city roads, said a Backbencher. 

Hamim Samuri (BN – Ledang) said the hubs, can serve as goods distribution centres, where lorries could unload goods for re-distribution to intended locations in the cities. 

The centres could be built in the outskirts of major cities, such as Kuala Lumpur, George Town and Johor Baru, he said. 

“By having these hubs, lorries will no longer need to enter city centres to deliver the goods. 

“As a result, there will be fewer road accidents, less traffic jams and less pollution in the cities,” he said when debating the Budget 2005 in Parliament yesterday. 

Hamim said three-star hotels could be an added feature at the goods distribution centres for the convenience of lorry drivers. 

“Drivers can have a good rest so that they can drive safely later. 

“Unlike now, many drivers take the risk of parking along the highways or rest areas to take a nap,” he said. 

Datuk Goh Siow Huat (BN – Rasah) had the MPs in stitches when he raised the issue of gadis desa (rural girls) from China seducing local men aged between 40 and 60 for monetary gains. 

“These gadis desa came in with tourist visas but they are not spending their money here. Instead, they are taking money away from the locals. 

“They also pose a threat to society when they seduced men who then neglected their families,” he said amidst interruptions from a few of the MPs who asked how he knew the foreigners were gadis desa.  

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