Adding value to township’s bus stop


The multi-hued SibuJaya bus stop on the left is located close to the township’s main entrance.

SIBU: The developer of an award-winning township here has sought advice from an architect to create art installations at its bus stop.

Architect Michael Ong commended the planners behind SibuJaya township for the bus stop’s unique design.

“I hope to come up with something to complement the design,” he said, referring to the bus stop located along the main boulevard.

Instead of the usual shed-like structure, the bus stop has a unique rectangular design while the area has been painted in vibrant hues.

Ong said additional features are needed to make the structure “pop”.

He is a partner in BYG Group, a Penang-based architectural firm with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Ong has volunteered to come up with ideas for the bus stop to complement SibuJaya’s positive vibes.

“I have read a lot about SibuJaya’s impressive rise, thanks to the efforts of the authorities, developer and residents,” he said during a visit here.

Ong said he may come up with something similar to the “recylart” project at the Butterworth Fringe Festival.

The company’s “Temple of Colours” installation used recycled plastic bottles illuminated with multi-hued lights proved to be a hit with festival goers.

The art installation was displayed at various locations around Penang, long after the festival concluded.

Distrepark Sdn Bhd’s director Mohd Fadzil Abdul Hamid called on local businesses to take part in the upcoming project.

“I’ve seen the Temple of Colours and I believe having something similar here would bring more attention to SibuJaya and make the bus stop a focal point in the township,” he said.

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