SEGAMAT: The Segamat Inland Port is to be expanded to improve cargo transport from the inner areas in the south to main ports in the country.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Port Klang Authority, which is in charge of the inland port, had been directed to make arrangements to upgrade the infrastructure.
"Expansion of the facilities is expected to be done within this year," he told reporters after launching the Sekijang MCA division annual general meeting here yesterday.
Once completed, Liow said the inland port would support Port Klang and Port of Tanjung Pelepas, ranked 12th and 19th in the world, in the logistics and shipping industry.
He added that the Perlis Inland Port in Chuping would ship Thai cargo to major ports in Malaysia while the Segamat Inland Port could do the same for the south and inner areas such as Rompin in Pahang.
The upgrading work would be a privatised initiative and his ministry would oversee the development to make sure connectivity and facilities were in place, he said.
Liow, who is MCA president, also said plans were afoot to build a RM16mil ICT Learning Centre and a RM2mil Entrepreneur Business Centre at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.
"This will create more courses and produce better quality graduates," he said.
In his speech earlier, Liow said the Chinese community was tired of seeing a tug of war between DAP and PAS.
"The people and MCA are tired of their public fight, to the point where we are not even sure whether PAS and DAP will cut ties or not, like it said it would," he said.
He said the Chinese had initially placed their hopes on DAP but its actions had often confused the people.