to 1961, all the ports in Sarawak were administered jointly by
Government Agencies, namely the Marine Department, responsible
for movements of ships into and out of ports; the Royal Customs
and Excise Department, responsible for custody of cargoes in the
shed; and the Public Works Department, responsible for construction
and maintenance of wharves, sheds and other facilities.
this administrative set-up served its objective, it was nonetheless
felt that much was still left to be desired to achieve greater
co-ordination of port activities. A move in this direction was
made with the enactment of the Port Authorities Ordinance in
Old RPA Headquarters Building in 1970s’
of Rajang Port Authority
came into legal existence on 1st November 1970 but commenced its operation
on 17th May 1971. Its establishment represented a positive step towards
providing more efficient port services.
Sibu Centre today.
organisation and planning, it achieves faster development through better
more economical and up-to-date modes of handling cargoes, and greater
convenience in importing and exporting goods.
(a) To maintain, or provide for the maintenance of, adequate and efficient
port services and facilities for all users of the ports;
(b) To co-ordinate the activities of the port;
(c) To promote the improvement and development of the port; and
(d) To execute such works as may be necessary for the performance of
the duties specified in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above.