TAWAU – The concessionaire authorised to operate the new Tawau Ferry Terminal must comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) set up by the state government.
State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director Datuk Osman Jamal said the SOP compliance approved by the Cabinet aimed to have a more organised and systematic service at the new terminal, ensuring the safety of consumers and the state.
“Fokusjadi Sdn Bhd has been entrusted with the responsibility of operating the terminal for 23 years and all SOP must be observed.
“There must be no attempt to ease up on the existing SOP because this concerns the security of Sabah and the nation,” he told reporters here Monday.
The Tawau Passenger Ferry Terminal which began operations today, will provide convenience and comfort to more than 1,000 ferry users daily, involving a two-way Tawau-Nunukan journey and five trips (two-way) involving Tawau-Tarakan, Indonesia.
The new terminal will also be used as Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) Centre to facilitate and expedite the movement of passengers between the two countries.
Osman said through the operations of the terminal, ties between Indonesia and Malaysia could be further enhanced via cooperation in various fields which in turn, would provide economic benefits to both countries.