KUCHING: There are plans to improve public transport in Kota Samarahan in view of the rapid development taking place in the area.
Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said as development continued to take place, the population would certainly increase.
He said this would eventually require better public transport.
Manyin said the state government had requested for some funds from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to improve public transport in Sarawak.
He said if approved, Kota Samarahan would be one of the top priorities.
“The government’s plan is not only to change the physical and economic outlook of Samarahan, but also to ensure the betterment of public transport.
“If we can do this, I believe Samarahan would be well connected and developed in tandem with Kuching,” he said at the launch of the divisional level 50 Years Sarawak Gemilang exhibition in Kota Samarahan Civic Centre yesterday.
On the exhibition, Manyin called on the people in Samarahan, especially the young, to visit it so that they would know and appreciate the changes that had taken place around them.
He said Kota Samarahan had changed by leaps and bounds from a humble agricultural and fishing village into a booming commercial area and education hub.
He said the changes in Kota Samarahan did not come by itself.
“The changes happen because we have visionary leaders and supportive people.
“The support and cooperation of the local people had enabled visionary leaders like the Chief Minister to implement changes.
“The people of Samarahan should thank the Chief Minister and themselves for what they see and experience in Samarahan today,” he said.