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Thumbs up for Lawas ferry service


Kuala Lawas ferry service cuts travel time between Lawas town to the border control of Merapok in Sarawak and Sindumin Control Post in Sabah. – ACHONG TANJONG



BY Achong Tanjong

THE Kuala Lawas ferry service, in operation since 2014, received encouraging response from travellers, especially from Brunei.

Lawas residents and Brunei travellers to Sabah gave a thumbs–up for the service for cutting the travelling distance between the village and other destinations by two thirds resulting in substantial fuel savings for the people to the borders of Lawas (Merapok Control Post) and Sindumin in Sabah.

 

Mokthar, 64, a regular local traveller to Sabah said, “The ferry service cuts 30 minutes in travelling time between Lawas town to border control of Merapok in Sarawak and Sindumin Control Post in Sabah.

Prior to its operation, Kuala Lawas residents had to travel 44km to reach the town, and 21km to Merapok that borders with Sindumin in Sabah.

The ferry can accommodate up to 10 passenger vehicles per crossing.

It is believed that the ferry can transport 818 vehicles including 280 motorcycles and 28 lorries per day, during peak season.

The service is seen as a viable alternative in accommodating the influx of visitors from Sabah and Brunei who visit Lawas town and vice-versa.

On the roadside, there are also hawker stalls as well as public toilets at the ferry points on both sides of the river for public convenience.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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