MELAKA: A special working committee headed by the Port Klang Authority (PKA) has been set up to address the issue of container and ship congestion in Port Klang, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said the committee comprises the Land Transport Department, Customs Department, and Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services.
“We have met all stakeholders during a meeting where we reached a consensus to expedite container collection to address the congestion since the third quarter of 2020.
“The container collection in Port Klang increased to 200 per day compared with 100 previously since a trial run was held last week," he told reporters after launching the development of the training and testing circuit at the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) academy in Tiang Dua here on Tuesday (Jan 5).
Also present were JPJ chief secretary Datuk Isham Ishak and director-general Datuk Zailani Hashim.
The development of the RM2.3mil circuit on a 2.02ha site is expected to be completed by October.
On the transshipment volume of containers at Port Klang, Dr Wee noted that it was the same as in previous years but the recent congestion was due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We hope to resolve the container handling in Port Klang with the commitment from the various parties, ” he said.
Separately, Dr Wee, who is also MCA president, called on Malaysians to safeguard the harmonious environment of the country.
He said it’s best for Malaysians to avoid delving on sensitive issues relating to race that could jeopardise the well-being of the multi-ethnic society.
“It’s imperative for all of us to respect the country’s laws and oppose any provocations that would affect our unity, ” he added.
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