Tag: cabotage policy
The transport minister says Malaysia only has one ship capable of carrying out such repairs, which takes 27 days.
Warisan veep Junz Wong says the abolition of cabotage policy has helped reduce cost of goods, thus lowering the cost of doing business and living costs in Sabah.
Malaysia Shipowners Association chairman Abdul Hak Md Amin says decision has not reduced prices in east Malaysia and is also hurting local shippers.
The Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association says the abolishment of the cabotage policy will allow the shipping industry and consumers an alternative to bringing in more goods at a competitive rate.
Penampang MP Darell Leiking says state government ill-prepared to deal with cabotage policy issue and only waited for Najib's announcement before doing anything.
Association says the four domestic container shipping firms may have to close shop if the cabotage policy were to be abolished, as the freight trend from Port Klang to East Malaysia has been declining.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Dr James Jemut Masing says after a six-month trial period of exemption from the cabotage policy, the federal government will decide if the policy goes for good or remains.
Administrative empowerment, exemption from cabotage policy and acquisition of Bakun dam are among some of Sarawak's victories, he says.
Star's Jeffrey Kitingan says holistic solutions needed, not piecemeal liberalisation, in ensuring full abolition of cabotage policy.
Warisan's Junz Wong also wants the domestic shipping licence to be scrapped for foreign shippers to send goods to Sabah ports.
They say lifting the policy will affect the local shipping industry, adding that the policy has already been liberalised and ships are calling directly at Sarawak’s ports.
Hoo Ke Ping says Port Klang has become one of the world's best ports with Putrajaya's support and that Sabah and Sarawak should get the same support to develop their ports.
'It doesn't matter whether we are Warisan, BN, Pakatan Harapan or United Sabah Alliance. We should all stand against the policy.'
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and state cabinet view repeal of policy as a way to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak.
Transport minister says high prices of goods in Sabah not due to shipping costs, but weak distribution channels, high handling charges and inefficient inland transportation.