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Taib touches on development and need for systematic planning to benefit all

By Sharon Ling Published: The Star Online, Wednesday February 12, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM

Token of appreciation: Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Bujang Mohd Nor (right) presenting a momento to Taib at the opening of the Kuching Sentral regional bus terminal. -ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

KUCHING: Opening the Kuching Sentral regional bus terminal here yesterday, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud spoke about development and the need for systematic planning to benefit the people.

“Kuching is the hub of transportation in the state. From here people can travel by bus all the way to Sabah, Lawas, Limbang, Brunei and west Kalimantan.

“Whatever development we plan, we must take into account our growing population which is becoming more prosperous and mobile, as well as our connections with our neighbours,” he said.

Taib also said Kuching Sentral was designed to provide wider services to passengers travelling from one place to another, including enabling them to plan their journeys with an information display system and other amenities in place.

In other words, he said, passengers could see which bus they want to take and check destinations and departure times, while the shopping outlets in the terminal enabled them to buy goods and necessities while waiting for a bus.

“Every sector of our community has to be planned with a system to achieve mobility for our people because people who are more prosperous will always be more mobile.

“Then we have to make them able to plan ahead on how to go about doing what they want to do. This terminal, in a small way, shows how we are able to plan for the people in manifest details, even though the people do not realise it,” he said.

He added that with Kuching’s population at 800,000 and growing, more care and foresight would have to be given to planning in order to ensure prosperity and convenience for the people at all times.