TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The House of Representatives (DPR) has welcomed government’s plan to improve Indonesia’s trading access by sea.
Jon Erizal, deputy chairman of Commission XI at the House of Representatives, said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s maritime programs must be supported. Jon also suggested the government to look into Malacca Strait potential site.
“To optimize the effectiveness of the maritime program, we suggest the government to look into port development and its infrastructure in Malacca Strait,” Jon said on Friday, June 19, 2015.
According to Jon, Indonesia has yet optimized the potential of the busiest ferriage area in the world. As a result, Malaysia took the opportunity to build a port for export and import activities in Johor with larger capacity than Tanjung Priok’s.
“The capacity [of the port] has reached 12 million TEUs. We have to keep pace by looking into the Malacca Strait’s potential site and building a port,” Jon added.