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KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuantan Port will be expanded to cater to growing business, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Currently built on 486ha of land, he said the port was relatively small to handle the growing trade between the Malaysia–China Kuantan Industrial Park and the China–Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park in China.

“For now, we have identified a piece of 2,023ha land for the expansion plan,” Liow added.

The move, he said, was one of the efforts to prepare the port to receive more international cruises and cargo vessels in the future.

Other measures include the deepening of the port and the upgrading of its infrastructure.

Currently, a direct container line sails from Qinzhou Port in southern China to Kuantan Port thrice a month.

This was following the maiden voyage of cruise container ship MV Bei Bu Wan Zhi Xing, which arrived in Kuantan on Feb 13 with 284 passengers and crew.

Liow was speaking to reporters at the Chinese New Year celebration of the Malaysia–China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) here yesterday.

At the event, Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang announced that MCCC president Datuk Bong Hon Liong had been invited to attend the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference – a political advisory body of China – to be held on March 3.

“He will represent the Malaysian Chinese community to the meeting and this trip will help to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries,” said Dr Huang.

The chamber, said Bong, would continue to help non-Chinese businessmen tap into China’s market for the benefit of the country.

He also stressed on the importance of moderation, urging MCCC members to reject all forms of extremism to uphold the peace and harmony of the society.

Also present were Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, Malaysia–China Friendship Association president Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan and Malay Businessmen and Industrialist Association of Malaysia vice-president Datuk Naim Mohamad.

THE STAR | 1 MARCH 2015 |