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Engineering Inputs Needed To Develop Kuching City's Transport System

on 19 April 2010.

KUCHING, April 14 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak Housing and Urban Development Ministry will get inputs from the engineering sector to develop the right model through ICT usage to improve Kuching city's transport system.

Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg said today that expertise from the social, civil and mechanical engineering aspects was needed to develop a software to monitor and coordinate routes from the proposed bus hub at the 6th Mmle here as the nerve centre to the suburban areas.

"The proposed transport model will be initially developed in Kuching under the 10th Malaysia Plan at a cost of RM200 million and will be extended to Miri and other major towns if there is a concentrated population," he told reporters after opening the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) third Engineering Conference 2010 (EnCon2010) here.

At present, he said, one of the ministry's officers was pursuing a doctorate in social engineering, a relatively new discipline, in Australia because social scientists were needed in the state's urban development planning.

"We are fortunate that Kuching is not that big," he said, adding that the state government had to lay a basic foundation based on the the city's current strengths and weaknesses in terms of physical development.

Abang Johari said several suburban areas, including the MJC new township at Batu Kawah, Matang in Petra Jaya, Jalan Song in Tabuan and Muara Tebas peninsula had been identified under the proposal to enable Kuching residents to commute conveniently to the city centre.

Eventually, he said, recreational areas in Matang, Damai and Telaga Air would be connected to Lundu and Sematan near Tanjung Datu at the state's north-western tip, which would also create tourism facilities along the way.

Similarly, Kota Samarahan, also known as Kota Ilmu for its clusters of institutions of higher learning, would be connected through Serian and Tabuan to the city centre, generating new industries, especially in the service-related sector, besides promoting education.

He said the ministry was looking at the modern transport model found in other cities such as Brisbane in Australia, London and Hong Kong to be adapted to the local conditions here.

On the conference, he said, the Unimas Engineering Faculty had organised 22 workshops under the national stimulus package to help meet Sarawak's demand for human capacity, particularly technical-based knowledge workers.

Extracted from BERNAMA.

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