PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will set up consolidation hubs along the Pan Borneo Highway to develop the network to transport and distribute goods between Sabah's ports and airports, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said the plan was part of the Federal Government's implementation of the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan.
“The consolidation hubs, among which, are located in Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.
“We will continue to engage industry players to identify locations that will give optimum impact to Sabah's logistics ecosystem,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Feb 18).
Dr Wee had a virtual meeting earlier with Sabah logistic industrial players that was initiated by Sabah Logistics Forum (SLF) chairman Datuk Ng Kiat Min, who is also the managing director of Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd.
He also announced that the ministry has invited SLF to be part of the National Logistics Taskforce (NLTF).
“With the SLF's inclusion, the ministry can expect to receive more meaningful inputs on Sabah's logistics landscape to aid Malaysia's overall growth.
“NLTF is the space for a comprehensive bird's eye view of initiatives and proposals to develop the logistics sector and I welcome the SLF's ideas and suggestions to develop the Sabah side,” he said.
Dr Wee noted that the engagement of help from other agencies in related fields is needed for the development of Sabah's logistics and trade infrastructure, including security and the economy.
Noting that the virtual meeting was a “fruitful discussion,” Dr Wee said the ministry is looking forward to more engagements with the industry players.
Also present during the meeting were Sabah Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association president Datuk Johnson Dai, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sabah branch chairman Datuk Seri Wong Khen Thau, Federation of Sabah Industries president Richard Lim, Sabah Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers chairman James Ha, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia Sabah branch chairperson Siti Noraishah Azizan and Sabah Shipping Agents Association president Chow Yang Ann.