Deputy Transport Minister calls on MIMA

The Deputy Transport Minister YB Haji Hasbi Haji Habibollah visited MIMA on 6 October 2020, and MIMA was honoured to host him.

YB Haji Hasbi was received with decorum and protocol as per the new normal. Chairman YB Dato' Mohamed Suffian Awang and Director-General Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja'afar escorted him to the seminar room where he was warmly welcomed by MIMA staff. Throughout the visit, SOPs were observed and social distancing was practised.

To introduce MIMA, its mandate, and its new direction, Chairman Dato’ Suffian gave a brief address to YB Haji Hasbi. Complementing him was Director-General Datuk Dr Sabirin, who then took to the podium to elaborate the history of MIMA, its objectives, organisational chart, research areas, as well as its achievements and outreach over the years.


Deputy Transport Minister YB Haji Hasbi Haji Habibollah delivering his speech to MIMA.

YB Haji Hasbi later said in his address that the presentations by Chairman and Director-General greatly helped in providing a framework of the maritime realm for him, as well as getting to know MIMA as an institution. He then took a tour of the office space, together with Chairman Dato’ Suffian and Director-General Datuk Dr Sabirin.


Chairman Dato’ Suffian (left) discussing maritime affairs with YB Haji Hasbi (centre) and Director-General Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja’afar (right) in the MIMA Resource Centre.

YB Haji Hasbi was partial to field visits like these, as he said that an institution is “never the same on paper”. Although the COVID-19 pandemic had mildly affected ministerial visit to all agencies, he was grateful that he had managed to visit MIMA. As he was also newly-appointed, he encouraged everyone to learn together and looked forward to future dealings with MIMA.


The visit by YB Haji Hasbi Haji Habibollah (centre) commemorated in a group photo.

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