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Challenges for the new transport minister

Rosli Khan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | Congratulations to Anthony Loke for his appointment as our new transport minister. He is certainly a good replacement for the previous minister who lost in Bentong in the recently concluded 14th general election.

I am pretty sure Loke is excited about taking over the helm at the Transport Ministry, managing and transforming the transport and logistics sector under the new government of Pakatan Harapan.

Transport, after all, is the nerve centre that keeps everything flowing and moving; it supports economic and commercial activities, and facilitates trade and industry. But it has to be done in a most efficient manner and at an appropriate cost or fare.

Loke’s immediate statement about closing the search for MH370 and tackling road accidents is spot on.

These are important issues incurred under two of the many departments within the ministry - Aviation and Road Safety - that deserve his undivided attention. Dissolving the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) and assuming its former role is another new challenge altogether.

As far as MH370 is concerned, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is owned by Khazanah Nasional, a government-owned conglomerate which should have taken greater responsibility for the issues and performance of the airline before and after the MH370 incident.

Among the many government-linked corporations (GLCs), Khazanah is definitely one that needs to undergo a complete revamp over its failure to manage the business units under its wing. MAS was only one of them...

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