SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has been told to implement free school bus service as a way to overcome early morning traffic congestion when parents send their children to school.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said this service would reduce the number of vehicles on the streets and reduce traffic congestion.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, when tabling state Budget 2020 in November last year, had said free school bus service will be implemented in Kuching by April or May this year.
“Sibu needs to do the same to this city a better place, ” said Sim in response to SMC chairman Clarence Ting who raised the issue of traffic congestion during a council dinner.
Ting said traffic jams were a daily occurrence faced by parents sending and picking children from school.
He said the council must resolve this problem by working with schools affected such as SMK Ulu Sg Merah and SJK Nang San.
“Even though the council is willing to expand roads in these areas, we are hampered by telephone and electricity power poles, ” he said.
On another matter, Sim urged the local community and NGOs to work with SMC to find ways to initiate the urban renewal programme under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
“A place like Sibu needs urban renewal. We must talk about what we are going to do now and what Sibu will be like 50 years from now, ” he said.
Sim said the most important thing was the well-being of the residents and their social-economic development.
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