S’wak plans to improve public transport, connectivity between Kuching and other cities
KUCHING (August 6): Sarawak Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said public transport in any city reflects its standards, which is why the state government is embarking on public transport smart public vehicles such as autonomous rapid transit (ART) and hydrogen vehicles.
He also said the state government plans to expand Kuching north and south with basic facilities including public transport.
“It will not only cover Kuching North and Kuching South, but will also be extended to neighboring councils i.e. Samarahan and part of Padawan.
“It will definitely reflect the level of public transportation in Kuching,” he said while celebrating the 34th Kuching City Day at MBKS Square today.
Abang Johari said that although it may cost a sum, he thinks the state can afford it.
“With this, we can elevate Kuching’s status as a developed and smart city in Sarawak,” he said.
He also believed that the tourism industry would improve as the state government tried to improve connectivity between Kuching and other towns outside the state.
He noted that Kuching, with its many accolades, is a destination that can attract tourists.
“We are fortunate to have a stable government and we have more united and respectful citizens despite different ethnic origins and religious beliefs. We live under one roof as one family.
“This is Sarawak’s unique culture and the government intends to support and protect this unique culture,” he said.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Mayor of South Kuching City Council (MBKS) Dato Wee Hong Seng, City Commission from North Kuching (DBKU) Datuk Bandar Datu Junaidi Reduan, and others .