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By William Isau
SIBU, Jan 27: Kapit Bus Express Sdn Bhd co-founder Lim Chong Yee urges the Kapit District Council to build a bus terminal for the convenience of passengers as buses currently have to park at a temporary site, far away from the river front.
“I have proposed three times to Kapit District Office to allow buses to park at an area with shelter and nearer to town. I feel it is very inconvenient for passengers especially those who come to the town on long boat. They don’t have their own car to go that far,” he said.
Lim said the current bus parking lot approved by the council is not safe for bus parking and also for passengers.
“There are a lot of junk cars being placed around the area. It is not easy for buses to navigate through the area. Passengers also have to brave sun and rain to board buses to Sibu,” he lamented.
He said the council’s five-year plan to build a bus terminal for Kapit is “a long, long wait (sic) for all of the population in Kapit.”
“We can’t afford to wait that long. We sincerely hope Kapit District Council can come out with a plan for a quick construction of a terminal,” he said.
Kapit Bus Express, Lim said, is adding more buses to ply the sector.
Two new units were added yesterday while another three more are still in Kuching undergoing registration and will be available in early March..
“We have installed USB outlets to each seat so passengers can charge their phone while resting on our coach. Besides, we also have DVD player, Bluetooth player for their entertainment, VIP seating for these two buses, big sofa chairs so they can rest and have a safe journey,” he said.
Kapit Bus Express is also in the midst of setting up a web portal for online booking of tickets.
Meanwhile, Kapit Bus Express today offered zero fare for its bus passengers travelling the Sibu-Kapit sector in conjunction with the forthcoming Chinese New Year celebration as well as to mark the launch of the company travelling the sector.
The zero fare rate was available only for the 12.30pm and 3.30pm trips for both the Sibu-Kapit and Kapit-Sibu today routes. The usual fare of RM22 is still applicable for other trips.
Lim said the zero fare is also to promote Kapit town to the outside world
“Many people from other part of Sarawak including elsewhere have heard about Kapit but have never been here. With our zero fare, we wish those who want to visit Kapit can take this opportunity,” he said. — DayakDaily