Better terminal facilitates visits to Bako National Park

DR Hazland (fourth left) and Lee (fifth left) at the Bako Terminal.

KUCHING: The improvements made to the recently upgraded Bako Terminal will boost local tourism and economy.

Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said better facilities and improved operations would increase the number of tourists using the terminal to go to Bako National Park.

“More comfortable, spacious and safer facilities at the terminal mean that more tourists can visit Bako National Park,” he said when met at the soft launch of the Bako Terminal on Thursday.

Dr Hazland said the Bako Terminal houses 74 tour boats which travel to and from Bako National Park and its surroundings.

“Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, tourist arrivals at the park were more than 75,000 a year.

“We hope that following the opening of our state borders when the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided, more tourists will go to the park,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said during the soft launch of the terminal that the facility provides safe and proper landings for locals and tourists.

He said it would be managed by Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) as it would be gazetted in the Sarawak Rivers Traffic Regulation 1993 and Sarawak Rivers Ordinance 1993.

“The terminal is for the embarkation and disembarkation of visitors from Kampung Bako to Bako National Park.

He said the upgrading work cost RM2.68 million.