ART system in the pipeline for Sibu — CM

Posted on : 09 Feb 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (sixth right) leads GPS members and supporters to fly the GPS flag at Sibu Civic Centre. He is joined by (from left) Manyin, Tiong, Uggah, Dr Annuar (fifth left), and from (third right) Masing, Dr Sim, Fatimah and others.

SIBU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed that there are plans to introduce the Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) public transport system to other parts of Sarawak, including Sibu.

“We want to try in Samarahan, and after that, we will give to other areas, including Sibu,” he said when launching Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 9 Sibu at civic centre here yesterday.

Among those present were Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Public Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Minister of Welfare, Community Welbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and SUPP deputy president II Datuk Chieng Buong Toon.

The event was attended by about 2,500 members of component parties of GPS.

Abang Johari also pointed to Sibu’s expansion and SibuJaya’s connection to Lanang as the road is being constructed.

Last month at a press conference to launch the P’ Residence Block Pandelela in Batu Kawa in Kuching, the Chief Minister had remarked on the need to have the ART transport system, especially in Kuching, due to the increasingly large number of traffic jams that motorists are facing along major roads.

“If possible, the ART transport system should be ready by 2025. When we are already there, then we can go towards 2030 because the moment the Kuching-Samarahan lane has been completed, our public transport will have been improved.

“Then, we can go towards achieving a developed state in 2030, including in terms of public transport,” he said.