KOTA KINABALU: A National Transportation Council is being set up to resolve issues in this key sector, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
He said the consultative body will enable the Federal Government to work even more closely with various states to draw up specific policies to address transportation problems nationwide.
“In Sabah, it is about increasing the efficiency of the Sepanggar port near Kota Kinabalu and improving railway services, while in some peninsula states, it is a matter of tackling congestion in certain roads,” said Liow, who is MCA president.
He said the setting up of the council came up during his discussions with Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is the state Infrastructure Development Minister.
He said work is under way to get the council going, including the drawing up Cabinet papers for it as well as its terms of reference.
Liow said the council, to be chaired by him, will include his ministry’s secretary-general as well as the directors-general of the various departments overseeing land, sea and air transport.
Also in the council will be state ministers or exco members overseeing transportation.
“We hope to have the first meeting before the year's end,” he said after opening the Sabah MCA meeting here Sunday.
Earlier, he told Sabah MCA delegates that he is heartened to see them gearing up for the party elections.
He said this is in contrast to the opposition here that is in disarray.
Liow said PKR, DAP and PAS each have their own agenda and cannot see eye to eye on how they can serve the people.
“That’s why whatever slogan they use, whether it’s Sabah for Sabahans or something else, is just an excuse to cover their weaknesses,” he added.
Liow said MCA also welcomes the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s probe on power abuse, corruption and money laundering following the arrest of two top Sabah Water Department officials and the seizure of more than RM114mil in cash, jewellery and property.
Also present at the Sabah MCA meeting were party deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong.