At 116 years strong, Port Klang today handles over 13 million TEUs of cargo and is forecasted to be ranked 11th in the World Container League. Its peer, the port of Penang was established even earlier in the 1700s as a free port to attract trade away from the Dutch who were then the colonial rulers of the Dutch East Indies. What was ingenious about the way they cleared the land to build the port and its surrounding areas (albeit totally non-environmentally friendly) was that silver coins were fired from a ship’s cannons into the dense vegetation and the hired labourers were released to clear the way and claim the coins. Talk about a silver rush…
Next to construction which is so crucial to stimulate a country’s economy due to the peripheral industries it supports, is logistics.
...silver coins were fired from a ship’s cannons into the dense vegetation... Talk about a silver rush!
Looking to improve the logistics industry in order to milk it for the country’s GDP, is the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan (2015-2020) spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport and implemented by the National Logistics Taskforce.
In the attempt to “de-bottleneck” the infrastructure & demand for freight as a start, we have seen the cabotage rule lifted for shipping between East & West Malaysia and the roads leading to Port Klang & Padang Besar (Malaysia’s border with Thailand) widened. These are but the tip of the iceberg and just the visible parts to an overhaul of an industry with vast potential to return Malaysia to its glory days of being a strategic trading post in Asia.
Will the master plan work?
But, diamonds are created under pressure – the higher the pressure, the better the diamond. So it’s game on for the logistics industry in Malaysia on this diamond anniversary and onwards. Plus, there is Alien Logistics. ‘Nuff said.