Special Committee on Parking reaches unanimous decision
KOTA KINABALU: The Special Committee on Parking Rates in Kota Kinabalu City and City Hall has reached an unanimous decision over the implementation of the controversial Coupon Parking System in the State Capital.
The reports of the decision will be submitted to the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman and he will make the announcement soon, said Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Khoo when met at the State Legislative Assembly yesterday.
Khoo who is in-charge of City Hall said a meeting was held yesterday between the assemblymen from around the Api Api constituency and the representatives from City Hall.
Aside from Khoo, who is the Kapayan assemblyman, the other Yang Berhormats (YBs) present at the meeting were Api Api assemblyman Dr Yee Moh Chai, Tanjung Aru assemblyman Edward Yong Oui Fah, and Luyang assemblywoman Melanie Chia Chui Ket.
Khoo, who declined to furnish any details about the meeting, said the decision and recommendation would be submitted to the Chief Minister.
He described the meeting as cordial and everybody had a chance to voice out their views about the response from the general public, users and motorists.
During the meeting, he said “There were lot of topics discussed but the main one was about the coupon system and I think you will know the answer very soon.”
Asked whether it will be a good news or bad news for the motorists he merely said, “You look at myself and Dr Yee’s expression then you can see whether it is a good news or bad news.”
Dr Yee, who is also the Resource Development & Information Technology Minister, was also present during the press conference and both of them responded with broad smiles.
On Tuesday, City Hall Mayor Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid said they will not suspend the car park coupon system but will fully enforce it by May 1 after it was launched in March 1 this year.
The system has evoked dissatisfaction among motorists who alleged that there were changes in the payment system and has also created a lot of confusions.
However, Ghani explained that there were no changes made in the new system, adding that in fact it was easier for the motorists as it was the same system being used in peninsula.