Hornbill Unleashed

June 5, 2017

Sarawak minister says misinformed about cabotage exemption ‘trial’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri James Masing, August 14, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarSarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said miscommunication had caused him to say that the cabotage policy exemption for Sabah and Sarawak would only last for six months, after Putrajaya clarified there was no time frame.

“If there is indeed no time frame, either my officers were misinformed, or I was misinformed by my officers,” he told The Borneo Post in a report today.

Masing, who is also the state minister of infrastructure development and transportation, said he had no idea what to make of the federal government’s clarification that no time limit has been set on the cabotage policy exemption.

“In all honesty, I don’t know,” Masing was quoted saying.

The federal Transport Ministry said last month that a task force has been formed to assess the impact of the cabotage exemption on Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan for at least a year.

The cabotage exemption, beginning June 1, means foreign ships — usually larger built vessels — will be able to transport cargo domestically.

Under the existing cabotage policy, foreign ships are allowed to drop cargo at any port in the country but are not allowed to move them within the country. If a box is unloaded at a Sabah port, only a domestic freight company can then move it to Port Klang or another port outside the state, and vice versa.

Local shipping companies have voiced out their grouses that the move will affect their rice bowls, with some contemplating shifting their business to Singapore that does not impose a tax on transshipment goods.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


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2 Comments »

  1. incredulous when such a senior and experienced could be misinformed.

    Comment by Timoti Anak Chundi — June 5, 2017 @ 4:45 PM | Reply

  2. If don’t know, don’t speak.

    Comment by apai — June 5, 2017 @ 12:52 PM | Reply


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