RM1 bus fares not in effect until after Gawai

Datuk Lee Kim Shin

KUCHING, May 27: The RM1 flat rate stage bus fare services for Kuching will only start a week after the Gawai festival, Transport minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said.

“This was as proposed by the bus operators in Kuching because they have to comply with the conditions and guidelines from State Disaster Management Committee which includes enrusing that all their bus drivers have undergone swab tests and are Covid-19 free before they can resume operation,” Lee said in a statement today.

Last week, Lee announced the resumption of stage bus services within Kuching city with strict standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As for Sibu, Lee advised the public not to be overly concerned on the initial response from commuters on the resumption of bus operation here as the RM1 flat fare was just implemented on May 25.

“It will take some time for the public to commute using bus services and many of whom may not have resumed work. This is also due to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that is still in force between districts.

“So it will take time for people to start coming out and using the buses. In addition, activities in the last few days were slow due to the public holidays and festive season as well as all schools have not reopened,” he added.

Lee also assured that his ministry was working closely with the bus operators in Sibu to inform the public on the RM1 flat rate stage bus fare initiatives, especially on the routes and schedules through their various social media platform.

This is to encourage more people in Sibu town to use buses as their means of transportation.—DayakDaily