Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin vowed that his ministry will take immediate steps to address the “low-hanging fruits”.
Lee cited that one of the issues plaguing the cities and towns are traffic woes and revealed that among the first steps that will be taken by the state government is to introduce intelligent traffic systems.
He said this in a press conference yesterday after his ministry’s winding up speech in the august House.
When pressed on when the traffic woes will come to an end, Lee said that the ministry’s initiatives will only be ready in a few years.
“Our ministry is only two months old and as a new ministry, we will be doing a lot of research on the global, national and regional levels.”
The Senadin assemblyman also revealed that he will be meeting with the federal Transport Minister (Anthony Loke) next Monday.
“There is actually an allocation from the federal government of RM450 million to purchase 500 electric buses, but it was not detailed how much Sarawak would receive.
“That is why I will be meeting him in person to get his clarification on the issue,” he added.
Lee also revealed that he hopes to obtain federal funding for the consortium of buses and on the Stage Bus Services Transformation (SBST).
His deputy, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil who was present with him at the press conference said that the ministry has drafted immediate and long-term plans.
“The immediate plan is to address congested areas. We are resorting to the intelligent traffic lights and placing the traffic police in heavily congested areas.
Dr Jerip added that the ministry is working to address the junctions at the deadlock areas.
On the adoption of public transport, the Mambong assemblyman explained that while state government is looking to revamp the public transportation system, the public must change their mindset and be more open to utilising public transport.