The strike by drivers in the haulage industry at Port Klang which lasted from the 2nd of May to 4th of May has caused a major delay in the container delivery process.
This unprecedented incident has a big negative impact on our members, resulting in losses which amounted to millions of ringgit. Monetary losses is not the only concern that we are facing, our country’s reputation and image as a stable and progressive nation is also at stake.
Many of our members are facing problem in getting their raw material to their plants and exporting their products overseas. This is detrimental to our nation trade activity which will eventually affect investors’ and our trading partners’ confidence in us.
We have also come to know that the drivers’ strike will also be initiated in Johor Port very soon and we are very concern that if this situation is not controlled the whole country image and economy will be jeopardized. Another issue of concern is that containers are now being unloaded in Singapore by major shipping lines due to the strike this mean additional loss of revenue to our country.
ACCCIM is of the view that the root cause of this problem lies with the container depot operators, majority of which are privately operated and is currently not regulated by any government agency. Their inefficiencies have had caused a lot of unnecessary delays in the logistics chain. We cannot imagine a haulage driver having to wait between 2 to 4 hours to pick up or drop off a container. This is the main concern of the hauliers. To further aggravate the situation the depot operators are collecting depot gate surcharge, which has been increased from RM 5.00 to as much as RM 18.00.
ACCCIM wishes to protest in our strongest term over the lack of monitoring and actions by the relevant authorities and allowing the problem to escalate to this level thereby causing considerable inconveniences and losses to the industries and our economy.
It is only fair that any shortcomings from operations of container handlings should be resolved between the container box operators / shipping lines and the container depot operators, and not to burden the end users.
ACCCIM would like to request the relevant authorities to take immediate actions to remedy this already escalated problem which is causing irreparable damage to our country’s image and economy.
ACCCIM also wishes to seek the government’s intervention to look into the issue of additional port storage charges and shipping line demurrage charges incurred by the importers during this period.
ACCCIM MEDIA CONFERENCE
Survey Report on Economic Situation of Malaysia
for the 2nd Half of Year 2011
19-3-2011 (Monday), 9.30 am, ACCCIM Conference Room
1. First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to all the media representatives for your presence this morning.
2. The ACCCIM Survey on Economic Situation of Malaysia for the Second Half of 2011 is conducted as a means to gauge the economic situation facing the Malaysian Chinese business community in the Second Half of 2011. The survey also covered some current issues in relation to the Government policies and measures, namely minimum wages, “My First Home” Scheme, One Malaysia Housing Programme, One Malaysia Shop, 2012 Budget announcements, various initiatives for SMEs and the impact of the Competition Act. This survey results would serve as important reference for the business community as well as to facilitate consideration by the Government.
Chairman of the ACCCIM Commerce Committee Dr. Leong Kai Hin will brief on the survey findings in a short while.
3. Announced by Bank Nagara Malaysia on 15th February this year, the Malaysian economy expanded by 5.1% for the whole year of 2011 due to unfavorable external environment. Growth prospects have become increasingly uncertain with the policy uncertainty on the resolution of the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe amid fiscal consolidation in the advanced economies could add further strains to the international financial system, thus affecting the prospects for continued global growth. Going forward, the more challenging external environment could present greater downside risks to Malaysia’s growth prospects and domestic demand is expected to continue to be the key driver of growth.
Ladies and gentlemen,
4. FDI inflows into South East Asian economies is expected to continue as macroeconomic conditions remain on a relatively more stable footing than its western counterparts. Today, Malaysia is facing stiff competition to attract FDI inflow with other ASEAN countries. For instance, Indonesia has become favoured destinations in terms of attracting Foreign Direct Investment in the recent years. In addition to the rich natural resources, population and huge market, Indonesia remains an attractive option for foreign investors due mainly to its advantage of more open and pro-business policies implemented by the government in improving the investment environment and attracting foreign capital into Indonesia.
Nevertheless, the competition in the region has no doubt become increasingly intense. Malaysia’s enterprises, like other ASEAN countries, are now facing many challenges such as market entry barriers, rising labor costs, continued increases in prices of raw materials, instability in the international market, etc. Malaysian businesses continue to look towards the government to implement effective policies that can spur greater economic activities.
5. The Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, Co-Chairman of the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business or Pemudah announced that out of a total of 761 business licenses, 395 unnecessary or outdated licenses were identified to be eliminated or simplified in order to reduce and eliminate licenses, shorten the time for issuing and expand the validity period of the licenses. This whole initiative will result in an estimated reduction of RM729 million in business licenses compliance cost when this exercise is completed in June 2012. The ACCCIM render full support to Pemudah and we believe these continuous efforts will improve the investment climate and contribute significantly to boost the Malaysia's attractiveness to foreign investors in the coming years.
6. Finally, I commend ACCCIM Commerce Committee and UTAR's efforts in making this survey a success. I also take this opportunity to thank the media for your support and cooperation in giving continued coverage on this survey exercise.