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New ferry operator to start operations before Raya

Posted by Tang ai li | 9:30 AM

LABUAN: Labuan member of parliament Datuk Yussof Mahal yesterday said the newly appointed ferry operator, Juta Bonus Development Sdn Bhd, would start its services for the Labuan-Menumbok route in July this year.
Yussof told the media here that the spokesperson for the Sabah-based company had earlier told him that they would start their business before the Aidilfitri celebration this year.
He announced the good news after officiating the National Consumer Month Celebration for 2012 at Financial Park, Convention Hall, which was held simultaneously nationwide.
The other ferry operator, Labuan Mainland Link Sdn Bhd, has yet to inform the member of parliament about the latest progress of its ferry operation.
When asked about the proposal for Labuan Corporation (LC) to operate its own cargo ferry to carry goods from Sabah in order to reduce the prices here, Yussof who is also the chairman for LC, replied that the proposal was still being discussed.

“The goods prices here are soaring due to the surge in lorry ticket price charged by the ferry operator.
“I have discussed with the Federal Territory and Urban Well-being Minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin, about the expensive goods prices issue here.
“I hope that he will come out with the solution for the issue soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yussof corrected the statement by a local newspaper (not The Borneo Post) recently that he was not going to stand as a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the 13th General Election.
“I never said that I will not stand as a BN candidate in this coming general election.
“In my speeches before I kept on telling the people that whoever chosen by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, to stand as a candidate for BN here, we will give our full support.
“The decision is in his hands. But if he still wants me to contest, then I will do it,” he said, adding the support given to the BN as whole was more important than the support given to an individual.
Yussof also said that the relationship between him and other groups or parties here was good and a RM100,000 allocation for each Chinese school here would be announced soon.

Commenting on the programme organised by the Consumerism, Co-operatives and Domestic Trade Ministry (PPDNKK) office here, he said that the government was resolving the soaring goods prices here gradually.
“I repeatedly voice out about the problem at the parliament for it is all about the people’s interest here.
“Praise to God, now we start to counter the problem by bringing in the COOP 1Malaysia products which are cheaper but their quality is as good as the original ones.

“I think through the products we have settled part of the people’s problems here,” he said while reminding the people here to support the COOP 1Malaysia products and also to be frugal in their spending.
Currently, there are 45 types of COOP 1Malaysia products available here and another 70 products will come to this island by the end of this June and 120 products at the end of this year.
Also present were Labuan PPDNKK director Nursafariza Ihsan, her deputy Aslani Dabi and the chairman for Labuan Consumer Movement Council, Hjh Fauziah Datuk Mohd Din.

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