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'Stop pouring money down the rivers'
John Teo | 30 Mar 2018 00:30

SARAWAK Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing recently reiterated the state government’s commitment to building up its ports. Masing who is also Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, noted that Sarawak has two deep-sea ports only – the federally developed Bintulu Port and the nearby Samalaju Port which Bintulu Port jointly developed with the state government.

All the state’s other ports, such as Miri Port, Rajang Port, Tanjung Manis Port and Senari Port in Kuching are inland, riverine ports.

“For Sarawak to achieve a high-income state by the year 2030, it has to achieve a target growth of 6% per annum.

“Thus, with the decline in growth registered at the port, it would not be able to contribute effectively towards achieving the vision of becoming a high-income state in 2030,” says Masing.

He was referring specifically to Miri Port which reported a 7% fall in cargo throughput last year.