KUCHING: Yayasan Sarawak director Azmi Bujang on Monday (Sept 7) clarified that the free school bus programme did not cover special needs children.
“We believe their own schools take care of the transportation of these students,” he said in response to Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru president Bobby William.
Bobby had called upon the Sarawak government to extend the free school bus programme to include special needs children.
Azmi told New Sarawak Tribune, “We are currently following the procedures set by the state government for the free school bus service programme.
“We are also complying to the rules and regulations set by the Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) because if we don’t, it will take action.”
On Bobby’s opinion stating that the service should be implemented throughout Sarawak, Azmi said, “It has been stated before by the Chief Minister that the free bus school bus programme will be extended to Sibu and Miri once it runs smoothly in Kuching.
“We are currently doing the groundwork for the programme in Sibu, Bintulu and Miri.”
The free school bus service for Kuching was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on July 15 this year.
Yayasan Sarawak is implementing the service in collaboration with the School Bus Association.
The free school bus service in Kuching is divided into 18 zones, namely City Centre; SK Muhibbah; Satok; 3P (Pulau Salak, Pasir Panjang and Pasir Pandak); Matang; Jalan Astana; Pending; Rampangi; Buntal; Malihah; 4S (Semariang Pinggir, Semariang Batu, Sungai Miding and Semerah Padi); B.G.S (Boyan, Gersik and Sourabaya Ulu); Jalan Merdeka; Desa Wira; Gita Laut; Tabuan; Taman Lee Ling; and Bako.