PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong marked 100 days in office as the Transport Minister by vowing to continue working hard and ensuring that the ministry achieves its missions.
Dr Wee said although he was given the post amid the country’s battle with the Covid-19 pandemic, he dedicated himself to focus on the ministry’s overall portfolio.
“If I’m not in the office, then I would be reading, studying and trying to have a deep understanding of any matters relating to the ministry, whether I’m at home or travelling in my car, ” said Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Thursday (June 18).
Among the measures taken by Dr Wee within the past 100 days includes pushing a proposal for heavier punishment for those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
On June 1, a briefing was held with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to finalise the proposal which will be presented to the Cabinet on June 26 before being tabled in Parliament.
Meanwhile, in facing the Covid-19 pandemic, among the measures undertaken by the ministry include introducing the MY30 unlimited monthly travel pass for commuters in the Klang Valley and exempting the renewal of vehicle licences.
The ministry also managed the operation of importing pandemic necessities from China such as face masks, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE).
A dedicated website to ease the application of Prihatin aid for tour bus drivers was also introduced while cargo clearance activities at major ports were carried out to ensure the continuity of export and e-commerce activities.
In another development, Dr Wee said he has given Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad a full update on the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS), which must be completed before July 31.
“We held a video conference this afternoon to coordinate on federal and state efforts to revive the Johor economy.
“We both agreed that the movement of people and goods between Singapore and Johor, particularly in the construction, services, and food sectors must no longer be curtailed.
“We hope to announce concrete measures such as green travel lanes with Singapore soon as the details are worked out with our neighbour, ” said Dr Wee in another statement on Thursday.