KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday gave an assurance that the government would study Sabah’s proposal to make Sabah Port in Sepanggar near here Malaysia’s eastern transhipment hub.
He said the matter would be considered as it could also address freight charge issues in the state.
“To be like Port Klang, Sabah Port must be productive. But let us (government) study your proposal (on Sabah Port as eastern hub),” he said when officiating the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) 25th General Assembly here.
He was responding to LDP President Datuk Teo Chee Kang’s proposal to elevate Sabah Port’s status to be on par with Port Klang.
Najib also provided an assurance that the government would study price fixing of freight charges in Sabah, which many businesses in the state have blamed on implementation of the cabotage policy.
The policy was established to protect local shipping companies, but many businesses say it has resulted in a disparity in the prices of goods between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. as well as Sarawak.
“The policy may not be the reason. But if local shipping companies are fixing prices, then they are the culprits,” he said. — Bernama
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on November 17, 2014.