As part of the Malaysian Federal Government’s implementation of the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan, the Transport Ministry (MOT) is planning to construct at least three consolidation hubs along the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah state. Pan Borneo Highway is the only road network in East Malaysia that connects Sabah and Sarawak. It is currently undergoing expansion and development works, which is slated for completion in the year 2040.
The hubs will assist in the development of the transportation and distribution network linking the nearby ports and airports in the districts of Sandakan, Lahad Datu, and Tawau. MOT Minister, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong stated that the ministry will continue to engage industry players to assess locations that will have a significant impact on the logistics ecosystem in Sabah.
MOT is collecting feedback and inputs from Sabah logistic industrial players such as Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, Sabah Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association, Federation of Sabah Industries, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia as well Sabah Shipping Agents Association. Its local forum, Sabah Logistics Forum, has also been invited to be part of the National Logistics Taskforce (NLTF) to provide suggestions and proposals to improve the state’s logistics performance.
(Sources: The Star; New Straits Times)