KUCHING (May 15): Dato Henry Harry Jinep supports the recent proposal that listed palm oil companies use their own ferries to transport fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) across rivers.
Sarawak’s deputy transport minister said it would improve the safety of other commuters as the trucks carrying the FFBs were heavily laden.
He noted that the palm oil companies in Pulau Bruit use their own ferries to transport the FFBs to ensure the safety of the public using ferries to cross the river.
“We must put everyone’s safety above all else. If heavily laden trucks are using the provided ferry, it may pose risks to other ferry users,” he said when meeting reporters at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open Day hosted by the minister. of Public Services and Telecommunications Datuk Julaihi Narawi at a hotel here yesterday.
Henry said he fully agreed with the proposal of Deputy Minister of Sarawak’s Prime Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Datuk Juanda Jaya, who said palm oil companies should exploit their own ferry.
He pointed out that the ferry service is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, which is responsible for the safety of people using river transport.
Henry added that it would be up to the senior management of the ministry to decide on the implementation of the proposal and that stakeholders such as palm oil companies should be involved in the discussion.
Recently, Juanda suggested that listed palm oil companies should offer their own ferry transport, especially in the Matu and Igan region where FFBs have to be transported across wide rivers by ferries, to avoid causing long queues at the ferry ramps.