January 29, 2007 19:44 PM
Sarawak To Discuss With Brunei On Entry Of Its Commercial Vehicles
SIBU, Jan 29 (Bernama) – Sarawak is to discuss further with Brunei for its commercial vehicles to be allowed to pass through or enter the oil rich sultanate.
Chairman of Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLP) Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he had just returned from a three-day official visit to Brunei to hold discussions on the matter with its Land Communication Minister and ministry officials.
“We are still trying to get Brunei’s nod for our buses and taxis to be allowed to enter right until Bandar Seri Begawan.”
“At the same time, we also hope for our trailers to be allowed to enter the country on their way to or from Limbang or Lawas towns.”
At present, he said from Miri (Sarawak)'s side, they all could only go as far as Kuala Belait while from Limbang or Lawas only at Temburong.
He said as a matter of fact, it had been basically agreed to and in compliance with Asean protocol that vehicles from member countries could enter or drive through each other.
Wan Junaidi said Brunei commercial vehicle operators were just as enthusiastic in being allowed to enter the state through Miri or Limbang.
He said the Brunei minister had promised to hold bilateral discussions on the matter with Malaysia’s Transport Ministry soon.
On the same matter, Wan Junaidi said he would meet his Sabah counterpart next month for Sarawak taxis, buses and hired vans to be allowed to enter Sabah and vice versa.
“Now, our commercial vehicle licenses are only valid within our respective borders. But I am optimistic of resolving this issue as this is a domestic matter.”
He said if it could be amicably settled, it would augur well for national integration and trade between the two states.
“Of course this will be good for business. We ought to have healthy regulated competition in order to develop further.”