KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry has given the green light for the development of a port in Malacca under China’s Belt and Road initiative, says its deputy minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi.
He said preliminary development work for the port would be carried out under a joint venture programme between local companies and companies from Guangdong, China, under the Melaka Gateway project.
“We have given the approval to the Malacca government to develop another port for the state,” he told reporters after launching the World Maritime Day celebration and conference here yesterday.
He said the project was to encourage local companies to seek international partners to develop the nation’s maritime facilities.
“Port operators have to share resources and create a network to attract international shipping companies to utilise their facilities.”
Abd Aziz was commenting on the Melaka Gateway premier mixed development project, comprising three reclaimed islands and one natural island covering some 3,000ha.
KAJ Development Sdn Bhd (KAJD) and Powerchina International Group Ltd recently signed a memorandum of agreement to develop the RM30bil project involving tourism, commercial, property and maritime developments.
The project will also see KAJD, Guangdong province and Chief Minister Inc working to build a container and bulk terminal, shipbuilding and ship repair services and a maritime industrial park.
On a separate matter, Abd Aziz said the ministry would be holding a dialogue session tomorrow with maritime stakeholders to provide input for the proposed Malaysian Shipping Master Plan.
He said the masterplan, to be completed by December, aimed to revitalise the nation’s shipping industry and maritime sector.
Earlier Abd Aziz presented the National Maritime Icon Award to Leslie Eu Peng Meng who helped set up and head the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) in 1969 where he served as its chief executive officer until 1985.