The Sarawak government launched today Malaysia’s first-ever public bus running on electric power in Kuching City.
In a press conference yesterday; State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the free shuttle service will be opened to the public starting today (3rd March 2021).
There will be the most advanced technology equipped for all buses such as the automated bus stop announcement system, the real-time content control system and the video passengers counter.
On top of that, the buses are also equipped with a wheelchair facility and priority seats, free WiFi and six CCTV cameras installed in every bus for the safety of passengers.
To ease the journey; each bus has its own App called the “Kuching Metro” which enables commuters to have real time location monitoring of the vehicle and the estimated time of arrival.
The bus route will covers the Kuching International Airport, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Old Kuching Heritage Trail, private medical centres, educational institutions, shopping malls, Kuching South City Council Stutong Community Market, Kuching Sentral Express Bus Terminal and Malaysia-China Friendship Park.
The government hopes that all Sarawakians will support and take the Kuching City metro electric buses to visit tourist attractions, and help revive the domestic tourism industry that has been severely impacted by the travel restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
There will be 6 trips daily and the first bus start at 6 am with the frequency of 2 hours.
Sarawak is currently under a conditional movement control order, but interstate travel remains restricted.