Five appointed to helm ports for two years

SHAH ALAM: The Port Klang Authority (PKA) has appointed Datuk Chong Sin Woon as its new chairman for a two-year period, effective April 18.

PKA said the appointment was announced by the Transport Ministry after receiving the assent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

“The appointment is pursuant to Subsection 2(4)(b) of the Port Authorities Act 1963.

“As a body that regulates the main port in Malaysia, PKA is confident that this appointment will support the role and function of the board in managing and developing the port in a sustainable way, and thus drive the country’s economic growth, ” it said in a statement as reported by Bernama.

Chong, the MCA secretary-general, replaced Ean Yong Hian Wah.

PKA said Port Klang is Malaysia’s largest port that handles almost 50% of the country’s trade.

Last year, Port Klang handled 13.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units in container volume, which put it at the 12th spot among the world’s main container ports, reported Bernama.

Meanwhile, four others were also appointed to helm other ports.

Datuk Koh Chin Han has been appointed as the chairman of the Melaka Port Authority.

The MCA central committee member’s appointment will be in effect for two years starting April 18.

Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat is the new chief for Bintulu Port Authority.

The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu politician’s appointment also starts on April 18, for two years.

In Penang, MCA vice-president and also state MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng has been appointed as the new Penang Port Commission chairman, where else Kemaman MP Che Alias Hamid, from PAS, is the new chairman for the Kemaman Port Authority in Terengganu.

Both tenure is also for two years beginning April 18.

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