The Sarawak Ministry of Transport wants its federal counterpart responsible for smart city framework to work closely together and provide funding in addressing the traffic congestion problem in Kuching city.

Its minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this in view that under the state’s smart city framework, Kuching city had been identified as one of the MySmart City pilot projects to address heavy traffic congestion.

“The pilot project — after Kuching, will then be followed by Miri city,” he said when delivering his winding-up speech at the August House yesterday.

He then stressed that one of strategies to develop the country was through smart city development, which had seven components namely smart economy, living, environment, people, government, digital infrastructure and mobility.

“The characteristics of smart mobility are seamless and efficient connectivity, integrated, safe and reliable roads and public transport, sustainability as a core principle and offering flexible and affordable modes of transport,” he added.

(From right) Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian with Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Welfare and Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis. Photo: Ramid Subari