Lee (centre) along with CVLB Sarawak new chairman Ripin (second left) along with (from left): CVLB Sarawak director Razami Mohamad Jamali, Federal Transport Ministry representative Wan Mohd Asraf Wan Salleh and Sarawak Transport Ministry permanent secretary Buckland Bangik in a group photo at CVLB Sarawak.

KUCHING: The Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) Sarawak, under its new chairman Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, can now speed up the approval of 252 outstanding applications.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said that with Ripin’s appointment, it was important that the CVLB board commence its monthly meeting and execute its functions as there were about 252 outstanding applications for new permits since February 2020.

“I wish the new board can speed up the approval of outstanding applications so that these applicants can carry out their business as usual.

“The expeditious approval for new applications will help to accelerate the pace of economic development in the state as they will generate more businesses and stimulate the economy through the multiplier effects.

“Especially during this Covid-19 period as the Sarawak government strives through various stimulus packages under Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) to drive the economic growth of Sarawak,” he said in a statement.

Lee pointed out that certain conditions in Sarawak might differ from the Peninsular and hoped that the board could take into consideration the localised conditions when the board made decisions on transportation issues in Sarawak.

He added that his ministry would continue to work closely with the CVLB Sarawak to improve the commercial transportation services in the state and the public were welcomed to provide feedback to this agency as well as to check with the Transport Ministry on matters of interests in commercial transport in Sarawak.

The Transport Ministry was established on Aug 22, 2019 and one of its functions is to hold a watching brief for all related federal agencies and subjects including road, air and sea transportation as stipulated and published in the Sarawak Gazette, Vol LXXIV No 83 (under the Constitution of Sarawak, the Ministers of the State of Government (Assignment of Portfolios) Order, 2019).

“In connection to this, I would like to highlight that the works and functions of CVLB Sarawak – one of the federal agencies involved in the management of land transportation. Hence, my ministry is collaborating with the board to enable the functions are discharged smoothly especially during this Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Lee congratulated Ripin on his appointment and the board members reappointed to continue as board members, as well as thanking all past board members who had contributed immensely to the successful management of CVLB in the past.

He also expressed his appreciation to Federal Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong and his deputy Hasbi Habibollah for expediting the appointment of the board members.