Padungan rep says LRT project should not be rushed

The overall map of the proposed LRT lines.

KUCHING, July 11: The state government should conduct a more in-depth study on the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and consult experts in the field before implementing it, suggests Wong King Wei (DAP-Padungan).

Debating the Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s address this afternoon, Wong said since this project would involve a lot of money and would become a permanent fixture in the state, he hoped Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg would not rush it.

It was mentioned previously that the government intended to complete the LRT project by 2024.

“I rejoice over the announcement by Abang Johari on the (LRT) plan proposed to be completed in 2024. We, Pakatan Harapan (PH), support any form of development benefiting the people. So is the LRT project, but the nature of development of public transport — especially in Sarawak — cannot be compromised,” he said.

Wong contended that the analysis on the demand corridor of the LRT should not be based on the population of an area. He asserted that it should be based on usage of public transport and commuting attitude.

“In our current situation, about 97 per cent of Kuching people use motorised vehicles. Only one per cent use public bus.

“Therefore, I propose for a Bus Rapid Transit, tantamount to LRT, but on the road. It’s cheaper than LRT and highly adjustable. Only by observing the bus network we can plan for the LRT,” he said.

“We (PH) are willing to help give opinions and comments,” said Wong. — DayakDaily