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Outstation express bus services kick off operations at KK Sentral

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Arifin (5th right) joined by Kenny (3rd right) and Nordin (6th right) flagging off the first express bus out from the KK Sentral terminal as other guests look on.

23rd July, 2019

By PAUL MU

KOTA KINABALU: The outstation express bus services have begun their operation at the KK Sentral bus terminal here yesterday after it was officially launched by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Arifin Asgali.

The terminal costing RM54 million will serve the routes between Kota Kinabalu and Beaufort, Menumbok, Sipitang, Lawas, Limbang and Brunei.

KK Sentral is one of the four integrated bus terminals under the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) public transportation master plan including Kepayan terminal in the south, Inanam (north) and Penampang (east).

“The lands for the construction of the other tree terminals have been allocated and we are now waiting for the finances,” Arifin told reporters after the launching ceremony.

He said the Chief Minister has asked the consultant to send him the reports of the other three terminals so that he can apply for funds with the federal government.

The terminals will serves as a transit point to pick up and drop off the passengers, he said.

“The construction of KK Sentral including offices and parking areas were fully completed in 2017. The work started in 2011 and the bus terminal block was ready in 2014,” Arifin said.

He said the operation of the bus terminal was delayed due to the change of government, and he assured the building will be fully optimised including its food court and the handicraft stalls.

On the latest development of the skybridge, a 350-metre pedestrian overpass connecting Oceanus Waterfront Mall, Warisan Square, Api-Api commercial centre, Centre Point Sabah and Asia City,

Arifin assured the matter will be resolved very soon.

“Give us time, maybe in two or three months. We have asked the state’s attorney general to settle a few outstanding issues. “The skybridge will be open for public use probably in the coming two to three months. We have the confidence because we would not say things that we cannot do.

“So let’s evaluate us based on our work,” said Arifin who is the minister in charge of DBKK.

The skybridge project undertaken by Petrofiq Sdn Bhd was said to be 94.5 per cent completed with only some minor works left but the contractor has yet to receive outstanding payment of RM20 million, which is 65 per cent of the RM31.5 million contract value.

Meanwhile, Arifin also commended the efforts carried out by DBKK in beautifying the city.

“I was told that DBKK is cooperating with Nippon Paint, a state government linked company to offer 30 per cent discount for selected paint colours such as Brilliant White, Banana Split, Ivory Vapour and Windmill White which are the latest trend colours to beautify the buildings, whilst other selection of colours will be given 10 per cent discount,” he disclosed.

He urged the building owners to grab the opportunities during the ‘repainting season’ to be started during the Merdeka Month (August) until December 31, 2019.

KK Sentral is open to the public from 6am to 10pm. The nine-storey building is divided into block A which consists of information counter, management office, ticketing counter, prayer rooms for men and women, and baggage counter.

The bus platform, food court, handicraft stalls, prepaid parking lots and offices are located in block B.

The other facilities are toilet for the disabled, waiting hall, escalators, lifts, digital bus schedules, security guards and security cameras.

Also present during the launching ceremony were Assistant Finance Minister Kenny Chua, City Mayor Datuk Nordin Diman, Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt and other guests.

   
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