Kedah wants own port authority to be set up, says Mentri Besar


ALOR SETAR (Bernama): Kedah will submit a proposal to the federal government to establish a port authority in the state, says Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (pic).

The Mentri Besar said based on the economic development in Kedah, there was a need for the state to have its own port authority to coordinate all port-related activities in the state.

"I’m planning to submit a proposal on the establishment of a port authority in Kedah as a lot of development in the state revolves around sea transport, ports and jetties which are (currently) under the purview of Penang Port, ” he said.

He said this when met by reporters after the launch of the film "The Puppet Master Trilogy" here Monday (March 15) night.

Sanusi said the establishment of the port authority would also enable more effective monitoring of all jetties in the state as well as curb illegal activities such as smuggling.

"We can work with agencies related to sea transport such as the Malaysian Maritime Department, and the Fisheries Department to monitor (the existence) illegal jetties, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Sanusi said there has been an upward trend in Langkawi tourist arrivals since the island was placed under a recovery movement control order on March 10.

He said this has brought relief to the people of Langkawi, especially tourism industry players who rely heavily on tourist arrivals. - Bernama

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