Discrimination and Disfranchising Sabah – The Cabotage Policy


Overview of the Cabotage Policy

The Cabotage Policy

The Effect of Cabotage Policy to Sabah Economy

Beneficiaries to the Cabotage Policy

Cabotage Policy and the BIMP EAGA

Circumventing the Cabotage Policy

Circumventing the Cabotage Policy

Clearly after 27 years of the Cabotage Policy, it is plain and obvious that the people in Sabah cannot depend on the state government to find amicable solution to this perennial problem.  Relationship between the Federal and State government may be at its best but these are only for the benefits of the leaders.  They appear not to have the welfare of the people at heart.  Similarly, the people cannot depend on the Federal government for redress.  This policy continues to be implemented even after repeated calls for the last 27 years speak volume where the Federal government stand is.  The only option and choice is for the people to take these matters into their own hands and resolve the issue by themselves.

Actually an alternative is available to lower the cost of goods into Sabah as well as improving trade in the BIMP EAGA.  The KEY is in utilizing the port at Muara, Brunei Darussalam.  Muara Port is the only port in West coast of Borneo which is not affected by the Cabotage Policy, this means Muara Port can accept ships of any flag to load and offload any number of containers.

Some may argue that the ships from Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan are not interested to come to Brunei because of the low volume of containers for Brunei.  This argument may be true if Muara was designed to cater for the needs in Brunei only.  However, if Brunei is to offer services to BIMP EAGA, then Muara is in the most strategic location for a successful entrepot.

This goal can easily be achieved if Brunei is to initially build up the demand by cooperating closely with Sabah and its 7 ports before extending its services to other port in BIMP EAGA.

The Cabotage policies clearly have negative economic impact on Sabah.  The existing 300,000 teus annually is the limit that Sabah’s hinterland can absorb.  To increase the number of containers means Sabah has 2 choices.  Firstly, by expanding the existing economic hinterland, this will include Mindanao, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.  Secondly, the freight charges for container arriving in Sabah are reduced, perhaps lower cost may translate to more volume.  The 2nd choice may need the container services from Muara in order for it to work.

Ships can be those that ply between China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan ports stopping over in Brunei before proceeding to Singapore, Port Klang or Jakarta.  The same ships can do the same thing on its return trip.  It is possible for them to unload laden container distain to any of the Sabah ports and on their return voyage to pick up any empty container to be used in their other destination.

Some of the containers distained for Sabah can then be barge from Muara to their destination ports such as Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.  Annual container volume for Sabah is 300,000 teus per year perhaps this number may increase if the shipping cost is cheaper.

There are already indications that some importers from Sabah is chartering ships from Hong Kong and bringing the goods directly to Kota Kinabalu.  Chartering from Hong Kong appears to cost less than waiting for the regular service from port Klang.  In addition significant volume of goods distained for Tawau is being shipped out to Tarakan, Sumerenda and to Macassar through the inefficient Barter Trade.  Surely the volume of trade will increase tremendously if a proper system can be established.

Sabah Sifu


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8 Responses to Discrimination and Disfranchising Sabah – The Cabotage Policy

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  3. lderple says:

    Saya yakin asalkan semua pihak bersatu, bekerjasama dan mengamalkan nwin-win situation, Sabah pasti akan lebih maju:)

    • sifusiber says:

      Ini lah yang selalu di amalkan oleh orang Malaya keatas Sabah – win-win situation. They win dan di Sabah hanya talibarut mereka saja yang win, rakyat merana. Di minta kita bersatu, ini bukan masalah Sabah, perpaduan masalah Malaya. Mungkin menjadi kenyataan kepada orang Sabah yang mengamalkan ideolgi Malaya. Bilangan mereka terlalu kecil dan kebanyakan mereka adalah talibarut dan dalang.
      Sabah sepatutnya maju sejak USNO lagi, namun kemajuan ini telah oleh pemimpin Malaya dengan dalang dan talibarut mereka di Sabah. Perkara ini perlu diperjelaskan kepada semua rakyat negeri Sabah supaya mereka boleh membuat keputusan sendiri. Knowledge is Empowerment, di perkasakan dengan Ilmu.

  4. analyst06 says:

    I have just read today’s Daily Express (Tues, 8th June 2010) and what caught my attention was the Gerakan Special Eight-Point 10th Malaysian Proposal for Sabah in a memorendum to the Prime Minister. Most of the points that Gerakan has given to the Prime Minister is actually the points that you have been raising all these years in Seminars, newspapers and blogs (even this blog). It is sad no one acknowledge you and your struggle. This is unfair for Gerakan just to take things for free.

    • sifusiber says:

      simmer down analyst06,

      The whole point in establishing this Blog is to empower the people through spreading of knowledge. This is whole point of our existence. That is why we must always remain faceless and nameless.

      People may speculate, we let them. Speculation is part of reflection, it induce the Brain juices.

      What we write in the Blog is for all to share, what Gerakan has done will be good for Sabah, for that I am content. All of you should be content.

      The government or the opposition may share whatever we have to give, but they must do it for the sake of the people not for their own political influence.

      Please do not forget, there is always the implementation part, they will continue reading our blog because we shall always be watching them.

  5. ikangelama says:

    bersimpati dengan Sabah yang harta dan kekayaan telah dibahagi samarata dengan seluruh negeri-negeri di SM. Masalahnya Sabah mempunyai keluasan geografi yang besar so, segala peruntukan yang disalurkan sukar tersebar ke seluruh kawasan.

    • sifusiber says:

      Terima kasih, sekiranya harta dan kekayaan dibahagi sama rata, orang di Sabah tidak akan bersungut. Namun harta dan kekayaan tidak diberikan sama rata bermulalah sungutan, apabila sungutan tersebut tidak dipedulikan sehingga 27 tahun seperti dasar kabotaj ini, sungutan akan menjadi kemarahan dan ini tidak memberikan faedah kepada sesiapa pun. Terkecuali mereka yang terlibat dalam sektor perkapalan. Mereka mengaut untung yang lebih, sama besarnya dengan subsidi toll lebuhraya. Sekiranya kerajaan sanggup membayar RM50 billion untuk membeli kembali lebuhraya. Kenapa tiada usaha menggunakan wang kurang daripada RM1 billion untuk membeli kapal kontena?
      Ini bukan permintaan yang tinggi atau boleh melemahkan Negara. Namun ia mungkin boleh melemahkan MCA dan sekutunya. Sanggupkah BN membiarkan Sabah untuk menghidupkan MCA?

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