KOTA KINABALU: The state government welcomes the proposal to upgrade Sepanggar Port as announced by the Transportation Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, recently.
Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, said the move will increase the port strategic role in the region and inadvertently making Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) as a transit hub for investors to bring their products by ships from other countries.
“The state government issued this matter to the Federal government due to its logistic importance. It is not only viewed from port-strategic view, but also involve vast business and industrial networks.
“We are please that the related minister has given the attention for this necessity, since Sabah is a large state,” he added.
He commented as a response for Tiong Lai statement regarding on the Federal govenrment approval to upgrade Sepanggar Port as an important port for the interest of Sabah people.
Tiong Lai also said that the ministry is committed in realizing the plan as an effort to reduce the burden of consumers in the state.
Meanwhile. Raymond added that the state government is planning to build a new port in Sipitang besides from the existing Sepanggar Port, and POIC Lahad Datu Port which is under construction.
He said, the planned port in Sipitang is specifically for gas and oil products operations since the Sabah Ammonia Urea Project (Samur) and Sabah Oil and Gas terminal (SOGT) are located in Sipitang. – SayangSabah