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RM200m needed for modern city transport: Abg Jo
January 28, 2010, Thursday

MODERN BUS SERVICES: Johari displaying the proposed ‘Bus Priority System’
which integrates computerised traffic lights, electronic information boards,
dedicated bus lanes and pollution free buses with GPS and electronic
ticketing. — Photo by Jeffery Mostapa

KUCHING: The state government will request between RM150 and RM200 million to improve and modernise the bus services in the city.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said if he could raise the fund, the city’s public transport would certainly be transformed.

“Public transportation is one of our National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) and it is envisaged that within five years time Kuching will not only enjoy modern bus services but also an integrated public transport system when the land transport is linked with the water taxis” he said during press conference after being briefed by Sarawak Transport and Co Association (STC), Traffic Committee and Commercial Vehicle and Licensing Board (LPKP)

“Our aim is to start with 50 new public buses through partnership with private operators. The cost of these modern buses will be between RM750,000 and RM1 million. Therefore, it may not be financially feasible for private operators to revamp the bus operations on their own due to the lack of funds and high costs of operation,” he said.

He added that the fund would be used to improve the public transportation infrastructure, integrating modern technologies such as electronic tickets and Global Positioning System (GPS).

The implementation would not only benefit locals and stakeholders, but most importantly it will also boost tourism into the city, he said.

According to Johari there are currently 101 registered buses in Kuching and 13 per cent of the city’s population depends on public transportation and 85 per cent passengers depending on buses.

“Because of the poor bus transport services, people are increasingly turning to private mode of transport. If this trend continues, the public transport’s mode share will be reduced to 10 per cent in the year 2020,” he said.

Johari explained that the trend would affect the viability of buses as public transportation which in turn will cause traffic congestion, high carbon emission and pollution.

He said that with the city’s population current annual average growth rate put at 3.3 per cent, the city’s projected population would reach about 700,000 by the year 2020.

“Right now the average speed during morning and evening peak hours is about 20km per hour. We are concerned that unrestrained traffic volume growth will result in intolerable congestion levels that will reduce the average speed to 10km per hour by the year 2020,” he added.

According to Johari, motor vehicle registration has been growing at the rate of approximately 6.2 per cent per annum and the figures have now reached 200,000 cars and 195,000 motorcycles, with average car ownership at 0.8 car per household.
The implementation of the new buses would help limit carbon emissions and pollution enough to meet Malaysia’s commitment to reduce carbon emission by 40 per cent in the year 2025.

Johari said that the buses would also cater to the elderly and handicapped and there would be bus lanes and bus stops equipped with electronic information boards to ensure timely arrivals and departures.

He added that a new route system connecting the city centre to the suburbs would be implemented.

“Kuching Central will be the main hub connecting to a series of sub-hubs in the suburbs, to encourage the park-and-ride system that will help reduce entry of private vehicles into the city centre,” he said.

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Kuching Sentral
Kuching, Sarawak

The fully integrated three-storey regional bus terminal. The RM55 million project, located on a seven-acre site.
Photos from Malaysian forum
Kuching Sentral

It will be only two minutes from the Kuching International Airport (KIA) and 10 minutes from Kuching City centre.


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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Water taxis for Kuching
By ZORA CHAN Thursday January 28, 2010

Better transport: Abang Johari showing the proposed
route for the water taxi service on Sarawak River.

KUCHING: City dwellers can soon opt for water taxis as a new mode of public transportation that promises to ease traffic congestion.

Sarawak Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Abang Johari Abang Openg said his ministry and state agencies dealing with Sarawak River would carry out a study towards this end.

“The service will be an alternative mode of transport for the public and become a tourism product,” he said after chairing a meeting on the matter recently.

Johari said the route between the new Satok market in Kubah Ria and Borneo Convention Centre Kuching covering 10 nautical miles would take less than 20 minutes to cover.

Work was underway to build up to eight jetties on the river by next year, he said.

“We aim to get at least three water taxis in operation by July.

“The boats will be five, 10 and 15-seaters,” he said, adding that the service would be linked to transport on land.

Johari said a committee comprising officers from his ministry, Sarawak Rivers Board, Satok Tourism Committee and the Marine Department would determine the water-taxi fares.

He said the taxis would be equipped with latest technology like GPS and have comfortable seats.

A water-taxi design contest would be announced soon to find the best and most-affordable design, he said.

“The fibreglass boats have to cost between RM10,000 and RM15,000,” he said.

The facility would boost tourism in the city like the one in Malacca, he added.

“Kuching is a vibrant city with good waterways. We should exploit this and turn the city into another Venice by creating a product that can sell,” he said.

Johari said the perahu tambang (traditional boats) would be maintained to serve routes between villages along Sarawak River and the city centre.

“There are about 10 perahu tambang,” he said, adding that the water taxi service would not affect the perahu tambang operators.

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Kuching Needs RM150-RM200 Million To Upgrade Public Transport System
January 27, 2010 17:44 PM

KUCHING, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Sarawak will seek an allocation of RM150-RM200 million from the federal government to upgrade the city's poor public transport system.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak hoped to receive the allocation soon so that the public transport system could be upgraded in five years.

He said this was necessary as the city's roads were choked with 220,000 cars and private vans and 195,000 motorcycles registered with the Road Transport Department.

"With a forecasted population of 700,000 by 2020, Kuching will be seeing on the road. The poor public transport system has to be revamped so that people will use buses," he said after a meeting with public transport operators here Wednesday.

Johari said the allocation would be used to make the public transport system more effective, people and environment friendly and with reasonable ticket price.


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Sarawak to seek up to RM200m from Federal Govt
Story and photo by PUVANESWARY DEVINDRAN Friday February 5, 2010

Major revamp: Abang Johari showing an artist’s impression of the Bus Priority
System expected to be up and running in Kuching in five years time.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is embarking on a major revamp of the state’s pitiful public transportation system.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said the state would seek RM150mil to RM200mil from the Federal Government for this.

He said the overhaul expected to be completed in five years would see new state-of-the-art buses on the city’s roads and infrastructure complemented with electronic ticketing.

“In line with the goal to steer the state towards a high-income and advanced economy and make Kuching an environment-friendly and modern city, the bus transport system will be improved,” he told a press conference last week.

He said this entailed features like non-carbon emission, a new routing system using Kuching Sentral (currently under construction) as the main hub and the use of GPS, computerised traffic lights and electronic ticketing.

Additional features included buses that catered to the elderly and handicapped, dedicated lanes for buses, and bus stops with electronic information boards to ensure timely arrivals and departures, he added.

Johari said the system would be managed by a single private entity assisted by the state.

Buses would remain as the main mode of transport in the city, he added.

“Given the current aging bus fleet operating at an unsatisfactory level, change is imperative,” he said.

He said, since private bus companies could not afford new buses, the state would have to buy them.

He revealed the state would purchase 50 buses equipped with GPS and other modern facilities that cost between RM750,000 to RM1mil each.

Johari envisaged that Kuching would not only have a modern bus service but also an integrated public transport system with land transport linked to water taxis.

He assured the public that the service would be affordable.

“It will not only benefit locals and stakeholders but also boost tourism as it will provide a convenient and safe way of travel,” he said.

The current system has been the bane of society for a long time.

Such is the condition of the buses that it is common to hear people calling them dinosaurs on wheels.

With the cessation of operations of the Chin Lian Long bus company, there now are 101 registered buses.

Public transport makes up 13% of the transportation mode, but if poor services continue, it could be reduced to 10% by 2020.

This would make bus transportation unviable and cause massive congestion and pollution from high carbon emissions.

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Developing river transportation in Kuching
by Jacob Achoi March 31, 2010, Wednesday

OPEN FOR ENTRIES: (From left) Johari, Chan, Hatta and
Affandi hold the brochure cum registration form.

KUCHING: River transportation as a mode of public transport here will be fully developed within the next three years, Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said yesterday.

He said the development would see water taxis operating up to Batu Kawah and Sungai Kuap.

To start with, he said, the water taxis would be launched in August to ply between Satok and the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Abang Johari said river transportation had the potential to be developed like in Singapore, Venice and London.

He was speaking to reporters to announce the 2010 Water Taxi Design Competition.

The competition is for the water taxis plying between Satok and BCCK.

The minister pointed out that about RM200 million would be needed to develop the river transportation and the public bus system here, adding that it would be carried out in stages until 2015.

He said the fund for the development would come from the federal government.

Johari also said six jetties were already in place for the route between Satok and BCCK and many more would be built, adding that the fare structure was still being worked out.

Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB), the Marine Operations Force and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development are among the agencies involved.

Johari believed that river transportation would help promote tourism activities along the Sarawak River, creating an opportunity for visitors to explore Kuching through water taxis.

He assured that the water taxis would not affect the existing ‘perahu tambang’ operators who were also encouraged to participate in the business.

Johari called on the people to participate in the competition which offered RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000 as prizes for the first, second and third places respectively and RM800 for the three consolation prize winners.

The competition is divided into three categories – small-sized water taxi (passengers between five and 10), medium-sized water taxi (passengers between 11 and 20) and large-sized water taxi (passengers between 21 and 30).

According to him, the design evaluation will be based on creativity, feasibility, material selection and graphic skills.

The competition is from tomorrow (April 1) until April 30.

Further information can be obtained from the brochure and registration forms available at the organisers respective office or by downloading

the brochure and registration forms from the

website The competition is organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Tourism and Heritage, Invention and Design Association of Sarawak (Ideas), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Information Department, Marine Department and Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB).

Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Affandi Keli, Ass Prof Dr Margaret Chan, from the competition secretariat from UiTM and SRB senior assistant controller Hatta Morshidi were among those present.

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RapidKuching - I think Rapid and Transport for London should SUE!!!

I caught this article today - the photo really made me angry! :bash: :eek:hno:

On the road to better transport system (The Star)

KUCHING: An improved public transport system integrating buses and water taxis will be implemented in the city within the next five years.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said a comprehensive study was being carried out to look into ways of providing better public transport here.

“We are looking for the best solution to improve public transport. This is a massive exercise and will take five years because there are a lot of things we have to study,” he said.

He said one of the areas being looked at was the frequency and reliability of bus services in the city.

Ready for boarding: City folk checking out the new Rapid Kuching bus that will serve the Kubah Ria-Bako route.

“Buses must be frequent, regular and on time. We are looking at five minutes between buses during peak hours as the interval required by commuters to get to work on time.

“According to rough calculations, in order to achieve a five-minute interval, we will need at least 10 buses per route,” he said, adding that bus routes would have to connect the city centre with major residential areas such as Tabuan Jaya, Batu Kawah and Petra Jaya.

Johari was speaking to reporters after launching new bus operator Rapid Kuching Sdn Bhd’s services at the Sarawak Tourism Complex here yesterday.

He also said the study would look at integrating bus services with the new water taxi service expected to start in the middle of this year.

The water taxi route will cover areas between Satok and the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Earlier, Rapid Kuching chief executive Henry Lai said the company’s services would start with one route from Kubah Ria in Satok to Bako, served by two buses.

He said the company eventually planned to establish new routes and increase its fleet to accommodate future demand from commuters.

“With this service, we hope to reduce city commuters’ dependence on private vehicles and therefore, ease traffic congestion in Kuching,” he said.

Lai also said Rapid Kuching’s buses were equipped with GPS and CCTV to track movement, monitor speed and ensure the safety of commuters.

“Fleet timing information will be introduced in the near future to enable commuters to plan their journey ahead by sending an SMS to obtain the arrival time of buses at their preferred bus stop,” he added.
First of all, I think Transport for London and Rapid should sue Rapid Kuching. Second, those dont look like 'regular' Kuching 'city folk' to me.

Cheers, m

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New era for public transport begins with Rapid Kuching

There is also this article in the Borneo Post

New era for public transport begins with Rapid Kuching (Borneo Post)

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith
April 1, 2010, Thursday

KUCHING: The launch of Rapid Kuching city bus services yesterday was seen as a first step to increasing the efficiency of the weak public transport service here.Kuching City folk have long called for a complete overhaul of the city public transportation system and Rapid Kuching has promised to re-brand the transportation system with an innovative and dynamic approach.
Speaking at the launch, Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said: “The public transport must be entirely revamped. Now we have a company that would provide quality service while exploring the beauty of Kuching at the same time.
“The city must have an efficient and systematic public transport, one that can give added value to the city.”
Abang Johari said that as the ministry was close to improving the transport service system, it would continue doing studies to increase efficiency.
“We need to bring back the people’s confidence in our public transport service. In the past, the (bus) frequency had always been our liability especially during peak hours.
“Now we need a service where there would only be a five-minute time frame between the buses.
“If the buses are on time, people actually prefer to board public transportation as it would be less stressful during peak traffic hours.
“In addition, public transportation would also save money as the commuters do not have to worry about parking fees and car fuel. People will rely heavily on buses and this would give less traffic congestion,” he explained.
Stressing that mobility was very important in big cities, Abang Johari said that Rapid Kuching had plans to link all areas in the city.
“As a start, the company would cover two routes. As the route coverage increases in the future, the vision is to complete each route in 10 minutes.
“We will try to establish a linkage between city centre, transport hubs and all major housing areas such as Tabuan Jaya, Muara Tebas, Batu Kawah, Petra Jaya including the Matang area.
“Once we have established this, we can then realise our plan to cover the routes with a five-minute frequency,” Abang Johari stated.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference after the launch, he applauded Rapid Kuching’s move in starting the service, saying the company was responding to the people’s need.
He assured that the government would try its best to support the company as it realise that the project required massive investments.
On the importance of developing the infrastructure, Abang Johari said: “The service sector has contributed up to 80 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Speaking at the launch earlier, Rapid Kuching chief executive officer Henry Lai said the introduction of the service would reduce the city commuter’s dependence on private vehicles, thus would improve the city’s traffic congestion problem.
He said fewer vehicles running meant helping to realise the federal government initiative of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40 per cent by the year 2020.
He added that all fleets would be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) for tracking and monitoring the speed while providing security movement for the commuters.
“In the future, we will introduce a Fleet Timing Information (FTI) to enable commuters to plan their journey schedule by sending an SMS to obtain arrival time of buses at their preferred bus stop.
“Besides, more routes would be introduced and we will work closely with all city councils to improve our service,” Lai stated.
Rapid Kuching would be up and running from Saturday, April 3.
Two buses will be servicing the route from 7am to 2.30pm daily.
The route would start from Kubah Ria to Bako (National Park) and vice versa, and passing areas such as Senari, Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Bintawa, Pending, Kuching South City Council (MBLS), Waterfront, Jalan Kulas and Jalan Muhibbah among others.
Among those at the launch held at the Sarawak Tourism Complex yesterday were Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) mayor Abang Mohamad Atei Abang Medaan, Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) president Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg, China Consulate General’s consul general representative Liu Hai Bo and his Brunei counterpart Kamsani Noordin.

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Another article

People turn to ‘pirates’ due to poor public transport(Borneo Post)

KUCHING: Housing and Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said people here would not go for pirate taxis and vans if it was not for the poor public transportation in the city.

Speaking to the media at a press conference held after the launching ceremony of Rapid Kuching yesterday, Abang Johari said the llegal operators were making money and only became the preferred choice because the public transportation system now was extremely unreliable and inefficient.

Asked if the pirate taxis would pose a threat to Rapid Kuching, he said: “At the moment, the public has to find other alternatives. The most important factor for commuters is that as long as they could get from point A to point B in a faster manner, it doesn’t matter what mode they take. That is the main purpose of public transport.

“Since we can’t give them good service, we can’t blame the people. The buses now are in such bad condition that most people are in fact scared to board them. That’s why we need to improve the system.”

Abang Johari went on to say that the market for public transportation would always be available because it offered an easier and cheaper transportation alternative.

He said those using public transport did not have to worry about parking, traffic congestion and even fuel consumption. “If the public transport service is in good condition, people would not go for the illegal option. The public would take the legal alternatives where they will be insured when on board. The buses obviously would charge a much cheaper fare than the pirate service,” he said.

Abang Johari said Rapid Kuching had to start on a small scale just to test the market. Further research would be conducted on the progress of the service.
Stating that the cost of running the service was very high, Abang Johari continued: “The company has spent lots of money to provide the service and it needs government support. We will try our best in assisting the remaining operators.”

“In addition to our five-year plan of creating an efficient public transport system and research on the smartcard, the government will invest to improve the service and the infrastructure. Maybe we can start with the private lane for the buses for instant,” he added.
The man has some really good ideas and is humble & honest about the problems that are being faced...but at the same have to respect trademarks & intellectual property and encourage others to do the same.

What was wrong with Kuching City Area Transport (CAT)?

Cheers, m

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Another article

The man has some really good ideas and is humble & honest about the problems that are being faced...but at the same have to respect trademarks & intellectual property and encourage others to do the same.

What was wrong with Kuching City Area Transport (CAT)?

Cheers, m
I believe the issue is the "logo" on the side of the bus which looks like the London Underground logo....

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1 kuching girl r hot
2 CAT is DAP punyer slogan, so they can either sue or shiok sndiri.
3 why cant they use low floor busses? Yg tu org tua n budak susah naik, satu pintujer kot, nanti sesak

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I believe the issue is the "logo" on the side of the bus which looks like the London Underground logo....
that plus copying the 'rapid' name when they are not related to rapid.

Cheers, m
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