Parliament: response to question on Kuching public transport

TRANSIT has been following the 3rd Session of the 12th Parliament for information relating to public transport.

This is a question related to Kuching, which was discussed in Parliament on 1 March 2010.

SOALAN:

Tuan Chong Chieng Jen [Bandar Kuching] minta PERDANA MENTERI menyatakan berapakah peruntukan telah diagihkan oleh Kerajaan persekutuan untuk mengadakan sistem pengangkutan awam di Kuching, khususnya sistem bas umum. Bagaimana tentang prestasi sistem bas umum yang bari dilaksanakan kebelakangan ini.

Tuan Chong Chieng Jen [ Bandar Kuching ] to ask the PRIME MINISTER to state the amount allocated by the Federal Government for the public transport system in Kuching particularly the public bus system. State the performance [Expected? Achieved?] of the newly operated public bus system.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan Yang Dipertua, Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMKe-9), Kerajaan Persekutuan telah memperuntukkan sejumlah RM19.67 juta bagi membiayai sistem pengangkutan awam di Sarawak. Walau bagaimanapun, peruntukan ini hanyalah untuk projek pengangkutan melalui sungai yang dikategorikan sebagai pengangkutan awam.

Peruntukan bagi pembangunan sistem pengangkutan awam darat khususnya bas untuk setiap negeri tidak disediakan di bawah RMKe-9. Kebanyakan pengusaha pengangkutan awam merupakan persendirian manakala infrastruktur asas seperti terminal bas dan perhentian bas dibina oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT).

Bagi menambahbaik mutu perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam di seluruh negara termasuk Sarawak, Kerajaan kini sdang menjalankan beberapa kajian bagi mengenalpasti punca dan masalah sistem pengangkutan awam di negara ini di samping mencari kaedah penyelesaian terbaik. Antaranya ialah Kajian Pelan Induk Pengangkutan Awam Bagi Bandar-bandar Utama di Malaysia dan Kajian Sarawak Inland Waterway Transport System.

Tuan Yang Dipertua, Lembaga Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan (LPKP) Negeri Sarawak telah mengeluarkan sebanyak 40 Surat Tawaran kelulusan (STK) kepada syarikat City Public Link Bus Services dan usaha untuk meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam di bandaraya Kuching terutamanya bas berhenti-henti.

Sebagai permulaan, City Public Link Bus Services Sdn Bhd telah memulakan operaso dengan 9 buah bas di lima laluan sekitar bandaraya Kuching dan ianya telah dilancarkan pada 16 Ogos 2009. Sehingga kini, jumlah bas City Public Link Bus Services Sdn Bhd yang beroperasi adalah sebanyak 19 buah bas di lapan laluan utama. Bilangan bas ini akan ditambah secara berperingkat-peringkat dan dijangka beroperasi sepenuhnya menjelang akhir tahun 2010.

Maklumbalas yang diterima daripada pengguna berkenaan bas berhenti-henti yang bari beroperasi ini amat positif dan ianya mendapat sambutan yang begitu menggalakkan. Aspek jadual serta masa perjalanan yang konsisten, keselesaan serta keselamatan penumpang dan juga fizikan kenderaan yang amat memuaskan merupakan faktor utama yang menyumbang kepada kepuasan pengguna dan seterusnya kepada perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam di bandaraya Kuching.

Pengoperasian bas berhenti-henti ini diharapkan dapat memberi impak yang positif serta manfaat kepada seluruh masyarakat dan secara tidak langsung akan meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam di bandaraya Kuching khasnya serta negeri Sarawak amnya.

Mr. President, Honorable Members For your information, under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), the Federal Government has allocated a total of RM19.67 million to finance public transportation system in Sarawak. However, this provision only to transportation by river projects are categorized as public transport.

Provisions for the development of public land transport system, particularly bus for each state are not available under the 9MP. Most public transport operators are private while the basic infrastructure such as bus terminals and bus stops built by local authorities (PBT).

To improve the quality of public transport services throughout the country, including Sarawak, the Government now sdang conduct several studies to identify sources of problems and the public transportation system in the country in addition to finding the best solution method. Among them is the Public Transport Master Plan Study for major cities in Malaysia and Sarawak Inland Waterway Transport Research System.

Mr. President, Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Sarawak State has issued approval of 40 offer letter (STK) to companies Public City Link Bus Services and efforts to improve public transport services in Kuching city, particularly bus stop.

For a start, City Link Public Bus Services Sdn Bhd has started operaso with 9 units in the five bus routes around the city of Kuching and it was launched on August 16, 2009. Until now, the City Public Bus Link Bus Services Ltd which is operating 19 units of bus routes in eight major. Number of buses will be added in stages and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2010.

Feedback received from users regarding the bus stop which is very positive operating bari and it received very encouraging. Aspect schedule and travel time consistency, convenience and safety of passengers and vehicles fizikan very satisfying is the main factor that contributes to consumer satisfaction and subsequent to public transport services in the city of Kuching.

Operating the bus stop is expected to provide a positive impact and benefit the whole community and indirectly will improve the quality of public transport services in the city especially Kuching and Sarawak in general.

TRANSIT Says:

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5 thoughts on “Parliament: response to question on Kuching public transport”

  1. How’s this: My Malay is a little rusty and I translated “bas berhenti-henti” to stage buses, because I can’t seem to find an adequate English equivalent.

    Mr. President, Honorable Members, for your information, under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP), the Federal Government has allocated a total of RM19.67 million to finance public transportation systems in Sarawak. However, this provision is only for river transportation that has been categorized as public transport.

    Provisions for the development of public land transport, particularly buses for each state are not available under the 9MP. Most public transport operators are private while the basic infrastructure such as bus terminals and bus stops were built by local authorities.

    To improve the quality of public transport services throughout the country including Sarawak, the Government is currently conducting studies to identify problems and their sources within the public transportation systems in addition to finding the best solution to resolve them. Among them is the Public Transport Master Plan Study for major cities in Malaysia and the Sarawak Inland Waterway Transport Research System.

    Mr. President, the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) of Sarawak has issued 40 approved offer letters to companies such as Public City Link Bus Services and introduced efforts to improve public transport services in the city of Kuching in the form of stage buses.

    For a start, City Link Public Bus Services Pvt. Ltd. has begun operations on August 16, 2009 with 9 buses in five bus routes around the city of Kuching. At this moment, City Link Public Bus Services Pvt. Ltd. has 19 operational buses in 8 major routes. The number of buses will be increased in stages and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2010.

    Feedback received from users of the newly operational stage buses has been positive and the response is encouraging. Consistent travel time and schedules, passenger comfort and safety, as well as the satisfactory conditions of the vehicles themselves are the main factors that contribute to consumer satisfaction and subsequently to public transport services in the city of Kuching.

    Operating the stage buses is expected to provide a positive impact as well as benefit for the community, indirectly improving the quality of public transport in the city of Kuching in particular, and the state of Sarawak in general.

  2. I would like to correct the typos in the Answers

    bari -> supposed to be baru. In the context = new

    fizikan -> supposed to be fizikal. In the context = physical aspects of the vehicles

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