National Transport Council to establish working committees to deliberate transport issues

TEOH PEI YING


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Transport Council has agreed to establish working committees to better deliberate on transport issues.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the decision was the outcome of the inaugural National Transport Council meeting.

This includes working committees on land, aviation, maritime and the logistics sector as well as a working committee to address Sabah and Sarawak transport matters.

The National Transport Council is a platform to coordinate, discuss and resolve issues relating to transportation matters both at federal and state level with the involvement of various ministries and agencies nationwide.

Liow said the meeting was also briefed by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) on current and future land transport plans as well as future initiatives.

“I am happy to note that the council agreed that SPAD will take into account and coordinate all state transport masterplans to ensure a comprehensive and holistic land transport development across the nation.

“This is to avoid redundancy and wastage of resources,” Liow said a statement today.

He expressed gratitude towards the undivided support and commitment from its members both at federal and state level.

“This is indeed a testament to our aspiration to ensure the nation’s transport system will be on par with that of advanced economies.

“I am pleased with the intensive dialogue on the subject of transportation system across Malaysia, as deep as it has been wide ranging, among the council members.

“The discussions and views shared have certainly been valuable and added to the free flow of insightful and informed discussions,” he said.

He hoped the council will continue to build upon the discussions initiated and the partnership created between federal and state governments as well as related agencies.

The council’s role include, among others, to advise the government on policy implementation relating to transport; regulatory issues on transport infrastructure development to ensure safe, secure and efficient transportation system; identify and resolve safety, security and efficiency issues on public transport including ports and aviation; and coordinate, align and resolve issues among stakeholders including regulatory bodies, private sector as well as related parties.