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Transport Minister Anthony Loke (third from left) speaks during the press conference after officiating the groundbreaking and signing of the agreement to develop SJK(T) Castlefield in Puchong, on May 8, 2024. — Picture Via Facebook/MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT MALAYSIA

Submit official application for strategic partnership with Transport Ministry, JPJ — Loke

PUCHONG, May 8 — The Transport Ministry (MOT) does not reject any strategic partnerships with private parties to provide services for its agencies, but such partnerships need to be done properly and require official approval.

Its minister Anthony Loke said they do not want any company to launch or announce any services for government departments suddenly without informing MOT beforehand.

“They should officially apply and present their plans; if they manage to convince us, there is no problem, but they need to follow the proper process,” he said.

Loke was speaking at a media conference after officiating the groundbreaking and signing of the agreement to develop SJK(T) Castlefield today.

Yesterday, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) said that neither it nor the ministry had given any approval to online insurance renewal platform BJAK Sdn Bhd to conduct road tax renewal transaction services.

In a statement, the department added that it viewed the contents of an advertisement posted on the website and BJAK social media channels regarding such services very seriously.

Loke said that the MOT has taken note of BJAK’s aggressive campaigns to offer several services without obtaining JPJ approval or forming any agreements with the department.

“We are concerned that if no action is taken, the public might be confused about this service having JPJ confirmation. If BJAK wants to cooperate with the JPJ, they must make an official request to the JPJ to be a strategic partner,” he said.

Meanwhile, during the event, the minister said Prasarana Malaysia Berhad would bear the RM20 million compensation to replace and build the entire SJK(T) Castlefield in a new area, namely Lot 133 Taman Wawasan, Puchong Town Centre.

The company has been entrusted with building a replacement school after taking over the property where the present school is for the Light Rail Transit Ampang Line Extension Project.

On its part, Dhaya Maju Infrastructure Asia Sdn Bhd (DMIA) will pay any extra construction costs via its corporate social responsibility by being the developer of the project by designing, constructing and completing the school.

“MOT will continue to monitor the development project through a committee set up at the ministry level to ensure that the project will be implemented according to the job scope and time period set.

“The project is expected to take three years to complete,” Loke said.

— Bernama

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