Reliable transport industry important for economic growth: Lee

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KUCHING: There is a need for a reliable, efficient and competitive transport industry for the country’s economic growth and development.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin Lee said Sarawak’s transition to Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan early this year would spur interstate travel movement.

“Therefore, the movement of people and goods across Sarawak will rely heavily on the efficiency of the transportation system in the country,” he said in a statement here today.

In line with this, the Ministry of Transport, Sarawak (MOTS) organised visits to and meetings with  with the Ministry of Transport, Malaysia (MOTM) and the agencies under the ministry for synergistic collaboration recently.

Lee paid a courtesy call on federal Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong where he briefed the Wee on the state’s National Recovery Plan and interstate travel.

“The main purpose of the visit was to establish closer rapport and strong relationship with the federal Ministry of Transport and relevant federal agencies.

“We look forward to this meeting to get to know each other better between the state and federal stakeholders which is vital to efficiently facilitate and resolve issues related to transportation industry in Sarawak,” he said.

Lee was accompanied on the working visit by his assistant minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, MOTS permanent secretary Datuk Buckland Bangik, and Joseph Cheok from the State Attorney General’s Chamber.

The minister said a dialogue was held with Deputy Minister for Transport Datuk Henry Sum Agong and MOTM secretary general Datuk Isham Ishak and senior officers to discuss matters that revolved on the growth and development of Sarawak transportation sector.

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