Ministry of Transport hails development of Japanese tech company in Malaysia
PETALING JAYA: Japanese company NTT Limited is building its sixth data center in Cyberjaya to support its expanding business in the region, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has said.
In a Facebook post on Monday August 1, he added that the intra-Asian express cable that connects Japan, the Philippines, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia is also progressing well.
“We welcome this positive development and I am sure that NTT will add great value to the global cable connectivity and related industries in Malaysia.
“I assured that the Ministry of Transport will continue to support cable owners, including NTT, to invest in Malaysia with the aim of improving our global connectivity,” he said.
Dr. Wee was meeting with Vice President and Director of Network Services of NTT Limited, Yoshio Sato, who is on a short working visit to Malaysia on Sunday July 31.
NTT is the leader of the consortium that brought two major Internet cables, the Apricot and the MIST, linking the two coasts of the Malay Peninsula.
“Despite criticism of the Department of Transport’s decision in November 2020 to reinstate the cabotage policy for foreign cable repair vessels, Sato was able to reassure us that the Apricot and MIST submarine cables were scheduled to continue. complete from the start to strengthen connectivity for Malaysia and the region,” Dr Wee wrote.
Currently, the national cabotage policy does not prohibit foreign-flagged vessels from repairing submarine cables in Malaysian waters.
Foreign vessels can enter Malaysian waters and only need to apply for an electronic inland navigation license before they can begin work, a process that takes no more than three days for approval.
Introduced in January 1980, the former government of Pakatan Harapan revoked the cabotage policy for cable repair work in April 2019, which exempted submarine cable maintenance vessels from applying for an inland navigation license.
However, the cabotage policy was reintroduced by the Department of Transport on November 16, 2020.