KUCHING – The federal government decision to implement the exemption of the cabotage policy for Sarawak will help reduce cost of goods, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg
“We thanked the prime minister for abolishing the cabotage policy that will hopefully reduce cost implications because it avoids double handling.
“I know that certain sectors are not happy but we have to consider the needs of the consumers. Hopefully, it will help reduce the costs and weather the rising cost of living,” he told reporter after chairing the Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen meeting at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters in Jalan Bako, here today.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, announced in Sandakan today, that Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan would no longer be bounded by the cabotage policy imposed on all cargo shipping services between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.
Meanwhile, Sarawak State Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohammad Asfia Awang Nassar said only the Supplementary Supply (2016) Bill 2017 will be tabled at the Sarawak State Assembly which will sit for eight days starting May 11.
He said the bill will be tabled by Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
“The first reading is on the May 12, while the second and third reading are on May 16,” he said.
He said a total of 411 questions would be submitted and eight motions would be tabled during the sitting. – BERNAMA