Sabah keen to get KK Sky Train project off the ground, says Bung

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government is committed to implementing the Sky Train project, which aims to connect areas within Kota Kinabalu, in its efforts to improve public transportation in the city.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) said both local and foreign investors are keen to undertake the project under the Private Financing Initiative.

Bung, who is also state Infrastructure Development Minister, was attending a briefing by a consortium of one foreign-owned and two local companies keen to undertake the project at the state Public Works Department office here on Friday (April 16).

After the briefing, Bung asked the companies - Guancai (M) Sdn Bhd, China State Construction Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd, and Vizione Development Sdn Bhd - for a more detailed proposal.

He said the companies need to discuss the plan with the relevant agencies, such as the Public Works Department, state Railway Department, Lands and Survey Department, Sabah Economic Planning Unit and KK City Hall before the proposal can be brought to the state Cabinet.

"There are many matters to be discussed and resolved. This includes, among others, land acquisition issues," he added.

He said the Sky Train project, if realised, would help change the public transport system within the city and help ease the growing traffic congestion.

"It will also help in our tourism efforts," he said, adding that Sabah needs to attract investors to bring about more development.

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