Friday, October 30, 2015

Teks Ucapan YB Menteri Pengangkutan Sempena Perasmian Sambutan Hari Maritim Sedunia 2015 Peringkat Kebangsaan Putra World Trade Centre 30 Oktober 2015



Yang Berusaha Saudara/Saudari Pengacara Majlis; YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Ismail bin Bakar, Ketua Setiausaha, Kementerian Pengangkutan YBhg. Dato’ Haji Baharin bin Dato’ Abdul Hamid, Ketua Pengarah Laut Malaysia YBhg. Dato’ Haji Rossid bin Musa, Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Laut Malaysia YBhg. Dato’ Abdullah Yusuff Basiron, Setiausaha Bahagian Maritim YBrs. Kapten Haji Abdul Samad bin Shaik Osman, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penganjur Sambutan Hari Maritim Sedunia Peringkat Kebangsaan YBrs. Ir. Nordin bin Mat Yusof, Presiden Persatuan Pemilik-pemilik Kapal Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Abdul Jamil bin Murshid, Presiden Ikhtisas Kelautan Malaysia Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri-Tan Sri, Dato’-Dato’, Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan serta pihak media yang saya hormati sekalian. Selamat pagi, salam sejahtera dan salam 1Malaysia. 1. Saya amat bersyukur kerana sekali lagi kita diberi kesempatan untuk berkumpul bersama-sama sebagai sebuah keluarga sektor pengangkutan maritim sempena sambutan Hari Maritim Sedunia 2015 atau World Maritime Day 2015. Saya amat berbesar hati kerana sambutan di peringkat kebangsaan tahun ini secara tidak langsung, meneruskan legasi kejayaan cemerlang sambutan pada tahun-tahun lalu. Tahniah saya ucapkan kepada Jawatankuasa Penganjur Sambutan dan semua pihak yang terlibat daripada pihak Kerajaan dan swasta yang telah bertungkus lumus dalam memastikan kejayaan sambutan pada tahun ini. Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan, 2. Bagi menghormati tetamu-tetamu kita dari luar negara serta memberi manfaat kepada mereka, izinkan saya meneruskan ucapan dalam bahasa Inggeris. Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, 3. I am grateful that Malaysia is celebrating the World Maritime Day again at the national level this year and I am pleased that our friends from ASEAN and other parts of the world have managed to join us in this celebration. We deeply appreciate your presence today. 4. This year’s World Maritime Day focuses on maritime education and training. The Ministry of Transport Malaysia welcomes the theme selected by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), since capacity building is one of the pillars for sustainable shipping. I hope that the Conference, which is being organized in conjunction with the World Maritime Day Celebration also takes the opportunity to address the numerous issues related to manpower needs for the shipping sector from different perspectives. 5. Ladies and Gentlemen, In order for the industry to be prepared for the challenges ahead we must recognise our national aspirations as well as global developments. Malaysia’s goal of becoming a high income nation hinges on talent. Talent development plays a central role in advancing the human resource of our nation and hence the theme of this World Maritime Day celebration could not have come at a better time. The training initiatives that we embark on in the present will pay numerous dividends in the future. 6. Malaysia welcomes the One Belt, One Road policy embarked upon by China, to which the Maritime Silk Road component will greatly affect our shipping industry. Once again, the training initiatives of our shipping industry will help us prepare for the greater demand for the services that we provide. 7. The Ministry of Transport is therefore delighted that the Association of Malaysia’s Maritime Professionals or IKMAL has come together with Malaysia Shipowners’ Association or MASA to bring about the World Maritime Day Celebration for 2015. I congratulate the Marine Department of Malaysia for once again successfully helming the Organising Committee. My congratulations extends also to various agencies of the Ministry as well as maritime institutions of higher learning that form part of the Organising Committee this year. 8. In this regards, the IMO has outlined the issue of adequacy and quality of maritime education as well as training as the main issues to which special attention should be given. Adequate and high quality maritime education and training is the cornerstone of a safe and secure shipping industry. The sustainability of the industry depends on our ability to retain the quality and practical skills of the human resources we have trained. 9. This brings us to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 as amended or the STCW 1978. Most of us here, will know that the Convention sets the necessary standards for maritime education and training for seafarers around the world. Achieving the standards set by STCW is a goal that we should always aim for, to ensure the competence of our seafarers serving onboard ships. Concurrently, we have to continuously observe the education and training standards of other maritime related fields that are not being governed by any internation