KUALA LUMPUR: Westports Holding Bhd hopes that the government will build more roads and bridges in Port Klang and Pulau Indah to improve freight services and living conditions there.
In its wish list for the 2014 Budget, Westports hopes that the government will also build another link between Westport and Northport, and upgrade the existing road from two lanes to three.
Westports, part-owned by Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing, and Northport (M) Bhd operate separate facilities at Port Klang.
Port Klang is one of the main hubs serving container traffic along the Straits of Malacca.
Currently, there are two highways to Port Klang and one major road and a bridge connecting both Westport and Northport.
"We hope that there will be more investments to build roads and bridges, not just for the operators in Port Klang but also for the people living there.
"This is one of the key things that we expect from the 2014 Budget. We have been pushing for this for a long time," said Westports chief executive officer Ruben Emir Gnanalingam after the company's listing on the local bourse last week.
Ruben said there are many vehicles using the roads to Port Klang and Pulau Indah, causing congestion. He urged the government to expand these roads.
The 19km stretch of the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) from the junction of Teluk Panglima Garang to Pulau Indah opened early this month.
New housing and commercial developments are expected to take shape in Teluk Panglima Garang, Pulau Carey, Pulau Indah, Westports and the Port Klang Free Zone.