November 01, 2006 17:59 PM
Consortium To Drive Public Bus Transportation In Sarawak
KUCHING, Nov 1 (Bernama) – A private sector consortium will be set up to improve public bus transportation in Sarawak, beginning with Kuching City and expanding to the major towns of the state.
Sarawak Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) chairman Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said no time frame had been set for the proposed consortium to start its operation, so as to allow for a more comprehensive study to ensure a glitch-free service.
He told a news conference he personally hoped that the consortium could be formed by end of this year. The CVLB will play the role of facilitator.
Wan Junaidi said forming the consortium was easy but the tricky part would be buying the fleet of buses as each bus could cost about RM200,000, incurring heavy financial investment.
On the existing bus operators, he said each of them would be given a share in the consortium based on their asset value.
“It would be on a voluntary basis. They (the existing bus operators) will not be forced to join the proposed consortium as they are free to operate on their own.”
He also said that to ensure effective monitoring, a special committee comprising officials from the CVLB, police and other relevant agencies would be set up once the consortium starts operation.
In another development, Wan Junaidi, who is also Santubong Member of Parliament, announced the formation of the Biro Bantuan Kilat (BBK) or Immediate Assistance Bureau for the Santubong parliamentary constituency effective today to handle assistance for villagers affected by natural disasters or other unfortunate incidents such as fires.
The bureau, the first in the country formed by an MP at constituency level, will coordinate assistance in the form of cash or food and drinks provided by government agencies and non-governmental organisations to the affected people.