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Upgrading bus terminals, quality of service high on priority

Legislative Council member, YB Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit. – INFOFOTO

BY Wani Roslan

THE Minister of Communications, YB Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, said there are two companies from Brunei Darussalam and two from Indonesia currently operating along the Bandar Seri Begawan-Pontianak route, while one company from Sabah is operating on the Kota Kinabalu-Bandar Seri Begawan route.

The minister was responding to a question posed by Legislative Council member YB Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit on whether there were any plans to build three-region terminals for tourist buses from neighbouring countries.

YB Awang Abdul Mutalib also said that under the BIMP-EAGA agreement, several drop-off and pick-up areas have been identified for passengers and tourist buses from neighbouring countries which are allowed to park for the night in designated areas under the management of the pertinent companies.

On bus stands lacking information boards with a complete map, bus numbers and schedules, the minister said that this issue has already been taken into account.

“Two methods are applied, one of which requires the Ministry of Communications to work together with relevant parties to review and improve the image of bus stops, by re-introducing information boards on bus schedules and so on,” he said. The second method, he said, focusses on major projects under the land transport system in the long term, which includes infrastructure, the upgrading of terminal buses and bus stands, as well as an improvement in the quality of services.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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