12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- The government is studying the need for the construction of an integrated port in Labuan before making any decision on the need to build a bridge to link Labuan to the Sabah mainland.

Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor also said that the integrated port would only be built if it did not pose any problem to the Kota Kinabalu Port.

"If we have to build the integrated port, then we will also have to build the bridge, otherwise the port will not be viable," he told the Dewan Rakyat when replying to a supplementary question from Rosman Isli (BN-Labuan) during the question and answer session today.

Replying to the original question from Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), Tengku Adnan said the government had never promised to build a bridge from Labuan to the Sabah mainland during the last general election, but the necessary studies on the need for the bridge was being carried out.

Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the cabotage policy was not the reason for the increased prices of goods in Sabah and Sarawak compared to peninsular Malaysia.

He said there were various factors for the rise in the prices of goods such as the cost for storage as well as services at the port.

"The policy is being implemented to give priority to local shipping services and aimed at protecting local shipping companies and indirectly for the welfare of the people in the long run," he said replying to Wong Tien Fatt (DAP-Sandakan).