Loke: Projects in pipeline to improve rail connectivity to Port Klang

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government continues to play a big role in the transport sector, with many projects lined up to improve links to Port Klang in Selangor.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the government has been pumping a lot of money into the nation’s infrastructure, especially in its railway connectivity.

“There are many other projects in the pipeline to ensure better connectivity to the port. All these initiatives are aimed at providing a better ecosystem for our logistics industry,” he said in his keynote speech at the Inaugural Green Logistics Partnership Conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Malaysia and Japan have partnered to establish the green logistics initiative to encourage industry players to adopt more environmentally-friendly solutions in transportation.

Loke said the transport sector currently contributes 21% of total carbon emission, making it the second-largest source of emissions in the country.

He said the Japanese have proven that a business which pays attention in improving efficiency will eventually gain sustainability.

“They focus on process improvement and collaboration to increase efficiency, which contributes to reducing costs, time, as well as carbon emissions,” he said, adding that such solutions would also increase profitability for business entities.

Loke said he plans to emulate Japan by giving out awards to companies that adopt green logistics.

“We are planning to do the same in the next conference in two years’ time to recognise companies that embrace it (the concept),” he said.

As such, Loke urged the private sector to emulate its Japanese counterparts in adopting green technology, which locals often shy away from due to the misconception that it needs investment in costly technology.

“The Malaysian private sector is very active in implementing green logistics, which is why they should emulate (our) Japanese counterparts.

“I urge all logistics industry players to embrace green logistics and seize the opportunity that the market has to offer,” he said.

The government has been embarking on such an initiative via its green port and airport projects.

Loke said the Digital Free Trade Zone logistics hub at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport has incorporated the idea of minimising transportation, which contributes to less carbon emission.

“We are also looking into the development of regional distribution centre that will complement this approach,” he added.

Currently, the Klang Valley is seeing a number of major rail projects that will boost rail services.

The Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) Phase 1 project covers the upgrading of rail tracks — stretching from Rawang to Salak Selatan, and from Sentul to Simpang Port Klang near the Mid Valley Megamall.

The RM1.4 billion project, to be completed before end-2020, is expected to alleviate problems such as delays and cancellations due to failure and derailment, especially when most of the KTM track network is older than 20 years.

Yesterday, Loke announced that the KVDT Phase 2 project will be revived with a cost reduction of over RM700 million.