SIBU: Computerisation of express boat tickets is on the cards, set to overcome long queues to purchase tickets, especially during festive periods like Gawai Dayak.
Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, who disclosed this, said the proposed e-ticketing system would also prevent overloading of express boats.
According to him, the facilities for such a system need to be put in place at main jetties such as those in Sarikei, Sibu, Miri and Kuala Baram, as well as smaller ones along the Rajang and Baram rivers.
We are also looking into the ones (jetties) in Kuching. Once we have completed the overall study, we will look into the implementation of e-ticketing at bigger terminals.
It will definitely ease a lot of congestion as it will enable passengers to access their tickets through various e-portals. We are still in the process (of implementation), but it takes time, he told The Borneo Post when met here recently.
Dr Jerip added that even with the building of roads taking place across Sarawak, riverine transportation is still a very important mode of travel as many longhouses are located along riverbanks.
It is incumbent for us to improve the facilities (relating to river transportation) to the point where people may just
consider it to be better (than using the road) because there is no traffic jam.
They can just sit inside there (the boat) and enjoy cheaper rides right up to their longhouses. All these things are convenient and we are looking into that, he added.
Source: Sarawak Government