Malaysia can win bid to host 2023 World Road Congress: Baru Bian

Luqman Arif Abdul Karim, AUDREY VIJAINDREN, Zarul Fitri Muhd Zamrie

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is confident of winning the right to host the renowned World Road Congress (WRC) in 2023, Works Minister Baru Bian said today.

He said a minimum of 3,000 delegates can be expected to take part in the 27th edition of the WRC.

“Although competing against second time hosts like Australia, United Kingdom and Czech Republic, we have the upper hand due to our wide experience in hosting many large scale international events.

“Moreover, since the first WRC in Paris (1908) to the 21st (1999) in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Malaysia has managed to bring together the highest number of participants (2,700) and 200 exhibitors.

“In fact, the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses (PIARC) organisers are always encouraging us to bid,” Baru said, after the pre-launch of the 10th Malaysian Road Congress and Exhibition 2018 and World Road Association (PIARC) International Seminar on Asset Management at the Works Ministry, today.

Malaysia lobbied to host the 27th WRC on Aug 15 and would present its case through videos and flyers amongst others, in Yokohama, Japan, from Oct 22 to 26.

Also present at the event was Public Works Department director-general and Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM) president, Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Roslan Md Taha.

On another matter, Baru said reassessment on the toll agreement with 31 concessionaires was still ongoing.

“There is no time line set but we are looking at the best interest of the 'rakyat', and are in the midst of holding discussions with the Finance Ministry on the matter.

“We are trying to find ways and means to reach an understanding that will benefit everyone.” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd