SIBU: The public welcome the introduction of the e-ticketing system to buy tickets for express boats.
Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the system would be implemented by the second half of this year after getting approval from the Sarawak Multimedia Board (SMA).
Lee said that in the first phase, e-tickets would cover express boat routes in the central regions of Sibu, Kapit, Song and Kuching.
The initiative, he said was part of the ministry’s programme to upgrade public services in line with Sarawak’s march towards digital economy.
A regular express boat commuter, Michael Joseph said: “With this e-ticket system, we can buy tickets online similar to buying air tickets.
People no longer have to rush to the ticket counters at the express boat terminal, ” he said.
UiTM Sabah student Dayan Liyana said the e-system was more convenient.
“Those who are busy can buy the tickets easily with the new system, especially during festive seasons where demand for tickets is high, ” she said.
Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong is also all for the new system.
“But those in rural areas who do not own a computer or smartphone will still have to buy tickets at the counter, ” he said. – By ANDY CHUA
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