Free bus rides for tourists in Kuching next year

Abdul Karim (centre) receiving a copy of the coffee table book on Masjid Al Qadim from Khairuddin. With them are (from left) Wong, Sabariah and Haris.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Dec 3: The Sarawak government plans to provide a free bus service for tourists in Kuching City next year.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the bus would use hydrogen fuel.


“This was related to me by the chief minister. We will start with one bus first to see the response to the service by our tourists.

“We cannot just have many buses at one time, in case there are not enough tourists boarding or using the free bus service,” he told a press conference today after representing Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to declare open the International Heritage and Cultural Conservation Conference (InHERIT 2018) at The Waterfront Hotel here.

The 3-day conference, themed ‘Sharing the benefit of our inheritance towards sustainability’, is organised by University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS).

Abdul Karim reiterated that the bus would be for tourists and not for the general public.

“There is no point to have a free bus service for tourists but instead it is used by the general public in Kuching City, who are familiar with the tourist spots to go round and round the city. It defeats the whole plan,” he said.

Present at the press conference were Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, UCTS vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid, Maek Consulting Pte Ltd director Wong Chung Wan and conference organising chairman Associate Professor Haris Fadillah Abdul Rahman. — DayakDaily