THE AMANJAYA BUS TERMINAL is 15km from the City Center
Beginning on Tuesday, 1 October 2013, you don’t have to go to Amanjaya to catch the bus to KLCC or KLIA.
Catch it at the YOYO office or Star Shuttle office in Bercham!
YOU CAN TAKE PEOPLE OUT OF A VILLAGE BUT YOU CAN’T ALWAYS TAKE THE VILLAGE OUT OF THEM.
Amanjaya has 2nd class facilities but some of the staff in the ticket booths have a 3rd class mentality.
I was at Amanjaya yesterday, Wednesday, 27 November 2014. What I HEARD didn’t sound good or right. It was like being back in Medan Gopeng, the location of the Inter-city bus station before Amanjaya was built.
Back in Medan Gopeng, the staff in the ticket booths yelled out their destinations, prices, times and so on. The din was unbearable at times. They were acting like touts although they were genuine staff.
At Amanjaya, the same thing happens. Yesterday, between 10.40am and 11.10am, when I was there, a man from a ticket booth, and two girls from another, were yelling out their destinations and times.
I didn’t go near to photograph anyone since that could be seen as provoking, and personal safety is always a priority.
I did manage to take a long-distance shot of the booth from where the two girl were chanting loudly, “Ke ke ke ke ke ke Kedah. Ke ke ke ke ke Kedah. Ke ke ke ke ke Kedah.”
You can see a face in one of the ticket booths. The other face is hidden.
BLOGGER WENT TO AMANJAYA TO CATCH A YOYO BUS TO THE LCCT on Wednesday, 4th September 2013.
I used to catch the YoYo bus to go to the LCCT from the YoYo office. That is a 5-minute drive.
This time, it involved 25 minutes of driving to the Amanjaya Bus Terminal. I had to catch the midnight bus.
It was not safe for my wife to drive so far by herself back home after dropping me off, or to come to fetch me the next morning at 1.45am; and inconvenient to get someone else to fetch me there; so I drove there in my old junk, and parked it. At least the parking was free.
It was 10.57pm on Wednesday, 3 September when I took this photo. With a prayer in my heart that the car would still be there when I returned, I went inside.
I looked around, and asked some of the shop people if business had improved. A common reply was, Yes, but not by much. Still struggling to make any money.
The owner of this minimarket remained negative about future prospects. He has been here since the first month.
Di Naina: This is the only eatery there. I ate there some months ago. Now, I went in for a roti canai and a cup of coffee.
The service was BAD. I waited 5 minutes but all the waiters were completely engrossed in the wrestling sow on TV. I had to go up to one of them to get his attention.
A man, a long time customer, said that this was normal.
As for the toilets, they are still clean BUT NOW THEY STINK! Not as badly as the toilets I went to in China, but in a few more months, they will rival them!
Then it was time to board the bus to leave for the LCCT. That was at midnight.
At 3.15am, a quick trip, I arrived at the LCCT, and boarded an AirAsia plane to Kuching. This was the plane, which I had seen twice before at the airport. Finally, I got to fly in it!
Someone was waiting for me at the Kuching end.
That same night, after some 10 hours in Kuching, Sarawak, I fly back to the LCCT, and caught the YoYo bus to return to Ipoh.
On Thursday, 5 September, at about 1.00 am, I arrived back at the Amanjaya.
My car was still there. The time of the photo: 1.07am.
Ahmad Shukri, 38, said: “Previously, I needed to travel about 15 minutes from my home in Batu Gajah to Medan Gopeng.
“But, since the terminal was relocated to Meru Raya, I need to travel 30 minutes to get there,” said the engineer who works in Kuala Lumpur.
By Sylvia looi
5 August 2013| last updated at 07:37PM
‘Let buses pick up passengers at Medan Gopeng’
A heavy price to pay
Travelling from Johor or Terengganu to the Amanjaya Terminal in Ipoh is taking a toll on the passengers who have to pay more to get to the city centre.
TRAVELLING from Terengganu or Johor to the Ipoh Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex (Amanjaya Terminal) is a tiring affair for bus passengers, considering the long journey.
Getting out: Passengers alighting from a taxi at the UTC bus stop. Those coming from the Amanjaya Terminal hoping to take a bus to housing areas in Ipoh have to first take a bus or taxi to either the Medan Kidd bus station or from here and then hop onto the corresponding buses.Imagine their dismay when they will have to add another half to onehour taxi or bus ride costing up to RM20 to reach the city centre as the bus terminal is located in Meru Raya.
A check by The Star showed that travelling to and fro between the bus terminal and city centre, using public transportation, was a tiring and costly affair.
We boarded the bus, which was parked and waiting for passengers and it took off at 9.50am, despite there being no other passengers but the two of us.
There are no buses from the terminal that heads directly to any housing areas, so those hoping to take a bus to Ipoh Garden or Bercham have to first take the bus or taxi to either the Medan Kidd bus station or Urban Transformation Centre bus stop, and then hop onto the corresponding buses.
During our journey, the bus made a stop along the Jelapang main road to pick up three passengers before continuing on to Medan Kidd, where it stopped for about 10 minutes and 11 more passengers got on.
By the time we disembarked at the UTC bus stop, it was 10.40am and the bus had made several other stops along the route.
The journey had taken 50 minutes and cost us RM2.50 each, which was quite reasonable for an air-conditioned bus and 12km trip.
The 75-year-old driver quoted RM20 for the 10km trip, which matched the price mentioned by many online travel guides, so we hopped into the 25-year-old Toyota Corona. By the time we reached the Medan Kidd bus station 20 minutes later, I had learnt that “no taxis in Perak use the meter because they are all kereta sewa”.
SAME COMPLAINT: POOR SALES
EXCEPT FOR EAST COAST DESTINATIONS
Waiting for passengers
Amanjaya Terminal bus operators say that north- and south-bound ticket sales for Hari Raya have yet to pick up as compared to previous years.
ALTHOUGH it has been more than two weeks since the fasting month started, ticket sales for the Hari Raya period at the Ipoh Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex Bandar Meru Raya (Amanjaya Terminal) are still less than satisfactory.
Another quiet day: Small bus operators are complaining that they are only getting business from East Coast passengers as those travelling north and south prefer major bus companies that make stops at the city centre.A check by The Star at the bus terminal on Wednesday showed that while many tickets for the east coast were already sold out, those for northern and southern destinations such as Penang and Johor were still available.
Ticket seller Juliani Abdul Manap, 26, said all tickets to Malacca and Seremban for the week before Hari Raya had been snapped up a few days after ticket sales began, but there were still plenty of room for rides to other destinations.
Juliani blamed the situation on the longstanding problem of the terminal being too far from the city, making it inconvenient for bus passengers to travel to and from the terminal.
“Moreover, a few major bus companies continue to send and drop off passengers in the city centre, which draws business away from the Amanjaya Terminal.
“Tickets to the east coast for Hari Raya were sold out before the fasting period even began, but those for other destinations are almost untouched.
“For northern and southern destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang, it is undeniable that passengers prefer to choose major bus companies that make stops in the city centre to pick up and drop off passengers despite a ruling banning the practice.
“I guess bus companies that cater specifically to the east coast are faring better in the Amanjaya Terminal as it is the only place with buses travelling there, so passengers have no choice even if the location is inconvenient,” she opined.
Ticket seller Haizam Mohd Said said his boss was anticipating good ticket sales once the balik kampung rush starts a week before Hari Raya.
“I have only worked as a ticket seller for two months so I cannot estimate the sales, but my boss told me that the Amanjaya Terminal is actually doing quite well compared to the Medan Gopeng bus terminal when it first opened.
A counter salesperson said that the fare had been raised for the festive season.
For instance, a trip from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur would cost RM19.30, up from the original price of RM17.40, while the ticket price from Ipoh to Penang has been raised from RM17.90 to RM19.50, she said.
Friday July 12, 2013 MYT 8:25:31 AM
Bus tickets for Raya moving slowly
IPOH: Bus tickets for the Hari Raya period are moving slowly, with many operators at the Terminal Amanjaya bus terminal in Meru Raya hoping for a change of fortunes in the coming weeks.
A check by The Star at various ticketing counters at the terminal showed that there were still plenty of tickets available and only tickets on certain dates and for popular destinations had been snapped up.
Ticket seller Mohd Hisham Redzuan said that despite the lack of walk-in customers, business was still okay.
“Many have called in to book their tickets over the telephone.
06 July 2013| last updated at 09:01PM
Unhappy over low passenger traffic
Some of them claimed that the problem was due to the failure of the state government to fulfil pledges made before they were relocated.
Express bus operator Faizal Mustafa, 54, alleged that the state government had failed to relocate all ticketing agents in the city to the new bus terminal as promised, with many of them still operating in Bercham, Gunung Rapat and Jalan Bendahara, here.
“Business operators at Medan Gopeng agreed to move here after we were told that the state government would also relocate ticketing agents around the city to this same place,” he said.
“However, after we moved here, the ticketing agents were still allowed to operate at their old places, which is not fair to us.”
He said the public preferred to buy tickets from the ticketing agents in Bercham, Gunung Rapat and Jalan Bendahara as it was nearer to their homes than the Amanjaya Terminal.
Faizal claimed that his business had dropped by more than 50 per cent after he relocated on April 9.
Saturday, 22 June 2013
A SERIOUS COMPLAINT
However, people living in the southern part of the city, and in satellite towns, have complained about the taxi fare.
This includes places such as Simpang Pulai, Kampar, Taman Cempaka, Ipoh Garden, Gopeng and Ampang.
Radio taxi driver Hoo Way Hew, 63, said passengers from these areas had complained that the fare which was around RM20 for a trip to the new terminal was too high.
“This has been happening since the new terminal came up. People are not happy, but what can we do?” he said.
“The terminal is far away, and we have to take into account that we are travelling double the distance as we are going back and forth.
“They also say that they have to take two buses, which is obviously a hassle.”
BARELY A MONTH AFTER ALL EXPRESS BUS SERVICES WERE SHIFTED TO AMANJAYA, THE FIRST SIGNS OF TROUBLE HAVE EMERGED!
It seems that, because of demand, the old express bus site, Medan Gopeng, is still being used!
(Blogger: That claim is WRONG! I went to Medan Gopeng twice to check it out, only to find it deserted.)
Friday June 14, 2013
Cabbies put blame on buses
By MANJIT KAUR
Photos by SAIFUL BAHRI
TAXI drivers stationed at the Ipoh Integrated Bus Terminal and complex Bandar Meru Raya (Terminal Amanjaya) are crying foul as passengers are being dropped off at several other locations instead of the terminal itself.
Amanjaya Taxi association chairman Abusah Talib said despite the directive that all bus companies must operate from the terminal since April, some were defying regulations by having several pit stops in Gopeng and in Ipoh city.
He claimed that this was especially for buses that were travelling from the southern states to Ipoh.
“I don’t know how far this is true, but we were told that certain retailer near Gopeng was handing out vouchers to bus drivers in order for them to bring passengers there.
“Therefore the ricebowl of about 140 taxi drivers stationed at the terminal is affected,” he said.
“I hope a solution can be found to ensure a win-win situation for all,” he told The Star when met at the terminal recently.
THE LATEST REPORT!
THURSDAY, 30 MAY 2013
THE AMANJAYA BUS TERMINAL
THE SHIFT FROM MEDAN GOPENG HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
I had visited Amanjaya on 14 March 2013.
This was what I wrote:
“I visited the place today, at about 1-2pm
IT WAS EMPTY EXCEPT FOR A FEW BUSES, THERE WERE FEWER THAN 200 PEOPLE AT LUNCH TIME, AND ROWS AND ROWS OF EMPTY SHOPLOTS AND CUBICLES/STALLS.”
This was a photo I included, to show how empty the place was.
LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE TODAY, THURSDAY, 30 MAY 2013.
The passenger lounge is crowded. It’s before 9.00am, still early.
The place for buses is now less empty. Remember that Amanjaya is the ONLY bus terminal. Medan Gopeng is no longer used.
There is now the branch of a bank with two ATMs.
The cubicles are manned, and there are people buying tickets.
The staff of the bus companies do the same as they had done in Medan Gopeng. As you pass by, they call out, “KL, KL, KL!” or whatever destination they think you want.
When you arrive, you can find a parking slot for your car. Not to worry, lots of places to park unlike at Medan Gopeng.
Parking is free, too. At the moment.
However, you could drive all the way to the front of the complex and drop your passenger off.
Your passenger could walk through the main entrance into the complex.
Need a quick meal?
This is the place. Don’t be fooled by the signboard. It’s not a classy joint but sells mamak food.
During my last visit, the place was empty of customers, though the tables were laid for a lunch cum function for some government department.
Today, there are customers. Maybe 30 during the 15 minutes I was inside.
I ordered a teh tarik and a roti canai.
The teh tarik looked like teh tarik: it must be frothy like this, and it was! But quite sweet. I forgot to say, “Kurang manis.”
The roti canai was good: crispy but not flaky. I paid RM2.20 for these. In Ipoh Garden? RM2.00.
This is the transit bus that takes you to the city.
There are now many taxis if you don’t want the transit bus.
The security guards are quick and efficient. As soon as one saw me out among the buses, he came over to ask me to return to the safety of the passenger lounge.
The toilets are still new and clean. The place is still free of litter.
Will the service be as good, and the place as clean, after a year?
I shall return before the year is over to find out.
THE SHIFT FROM MEDAN GOPENG IS ON AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY MAY 2013.
HOWEVER, NOT EVERYONE IS PLEASED OR KEEN ABOUT THE MOVE.
10 April 2013| last updated at 09:16PM
It helps to have feeder bus services to new terminal
PERAKIANS no longer need to fear that the new multimillion ringgit Amanjaya integrated bus terminal and complex in Bandar Meru Raya will turn into a white elephant.
This follows a recent announcement that all express bus companies will operate from the new terminal by the end of this month.
The remaining 25 bus companies, still operating at the existing Medan Gopeng bus station, have been given until April 27 to move to the new terminal.
While the move is deemed long overdue, not everyone, however, is pleased with the decision.
And to be able to adapt well, the state government should play its part to make things easier for the public.
For a start, the authorities should consider Pushpa’s simple request by providing reliable bus services to and from the new terminal.
While it is difficult for the authorities to provide reliable bus services to every single housing estate, the least it can do is to provide such services to major and popular landmarks.
The authorities should also consider providing feeder bus services at nominal rate between the old bus station and the new terminal.
Alternatively, the authorities should also set up a special counter at the terminal for those interested in taking the taxis to ensure they are not overcharged.
Have a proper fare chart so as to avoid any misunderstanding in future.
Notwithstanding that, the authorities should also ensure stricter enforcement so that everyone abides by whatever ruling is set.
In its eagerness to have all the express bus companies operate under the new roof, such basic requirement should be fulfilled.
Failure to do so will only result in the people becoming frustrated with the authorities.
02 April 2013| last updated at 09:16PM
New bus terminal gets mixed response
……….However, not everyone is happy about the move. Shamsuddin Othman, 62, from Pasir Putih, who travels out of town several times a month, is one such dissenting voice.He said it was inconvenient for him to board an express bus at the Amanjaya terminal as it was further than the old bus station.”I may have to use the train instead. It will be more convenience,” he said.
Some commuters prefer the Medan Gopeng bus station because of its proximity to their homes and place of work.
- 9 Mar 2013
- Metro Perak
- By EDMUND NGO and FONG KEE SOON firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents have mixed reactions about new bus station
Most people prefer parking their vehicles at the terminal or get their family members to drop them off.
— ZULKIFLY AMIR
ALTHOUGH Medan Gopeng bus operators have agreed to move their operations to the Amanjaya Terminal, Ipoh residents are divided when it comes to using the RM140mil new terminal.
Undergraduate W.A. Tan, 21, who studies in Kedah, said the new terminal was too far away from his home in Gunung Rapat.
Another undergraduate, T.H. Chuah, 21, also feels that the location of the Medan Gopeng bus terminal is more suitable.
“All it needs is an upgrade of its facilities.
“Although the Amanjaya Terminal has proper facilities, it is really inconvenient especially for people like me who live nearby the Medan Gopeng terminal,” he said.
Senior citizen Abdullah Amin, 60, also lamented on the long distance it took to travel from his home in Station 18 to the Amanjaya
- 29 Mar 2013
- Metro Perak
Shuttle bus service available from various locations in Ipoh
Passengers would call to be picked up from their homes as it was convenient.
— ABU SHAH TALIB
“It only takes about 20 minutes to travel from my home to Medan Gopeng but it takes at least 45 minutes to travel to the new terminal in Jelapang, partly due to the distance and also the traffic congestion and many traffic lights along the way.
“The Amanjaya Terminal is, of course, convenient to those staying in the Jelapang, Meru and Menglembu areas but not for the rest of us,” said Abdullah, who also called on the state government to upgrade Medan Gopeng and maintain both terminals for the convenience of Ipoh residents.
Undergraduate Mohd Azri Mohd Fuzi, 21, prefers the new terminal for its modern facilities.
“The terminal is also located in a suitable location near the North-South Expressway.
“For Ipoh folks like me who live in Tambun, we can access the expressway to get to the terminal conveniently.
“It is no hassle to purchase bus tickets at the new terminal,” he said.
Amanjaya Terminal operations manager Zulkifly Amir said there was a Perak Transit shuttle bus service to and fro the terminal from various locations in Ipoh.
“However, most people prefer parking their vehicles at the terminal or they get their family members to drop them off,” he said.
He added that those with their own transport would not go to the terminal by shuttle bus as the journey could take quite a while.
“For example, you need about an hour to get to the terminal from Ipoh Garden, Pasir Puteh or Gunung Rapat.
“Passengers also need to transit through the Medan Kidd bus terminal,” he said.
On Thursday, 14 March 2013, I wrote:
IT LOOKS LIKE THE STATE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO ACCELERATE THE CLOSURE OF MEDAN GOPENG AND FORCE ALL THE BUS COMPANIES TO SHIFT TO AMANJAYA.
THAT HAS JUST HAPPENED.
AMANJAYA, THE WHITE ELEPHANT, WILL BECOME WHAT IT WAS MEANT TO BE, A BUSY HUB OF TRANSPORTATION.
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN? FROM MAY 2013.
- 29 Mar 2013
- Metro Perak
- By MANJIT KAUR email@example.com
Parties reach consensus
From page 1 BUS operators in Medan Gopeng have finally agreed to move into the RM140mil Ipoh Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex Bandar Meru Raya (Amanjaya Terminal) in Jelapang by next month.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said he was happy that discussions between all parties in the public transportation system had proven to be fruitful.“I have always emphasised that all parties concerned must engage in discussions rather than for the state government to compel them into action.
“Although the negotiations took time and was somewhat delayed, I believe it is better to have used such an approach rather than taking drastic action, which would not have benefited anyone.
“And so, we have finally come to a win-win situation for all,” he said.
Perak Development Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Aminuddin Md Desa, who was also present, said a total of 50 bus companies would be operating at the Amanjaya Terminal once the remaining bus operators moved in.
“At present, we have about 25 bus companies already operating from there,” he said, adding that the remaining bus operators had finally agreed to put an end to the longstanding issue for the sake of the public.
IT LOOKS LIKE THE STATE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO ACCELERATE THE CLOSURE OF MEDAN GOPENG AND FORCE ALL THE BUS COMPANIES TO SHIFT TO AMANJAYA.
THURSDAY, 14 MARCH 2013
I visited the place today, at about 1-2pm
IT WAS EMPTY EXCEPT FOR A FEW BUSES, THERE WERE FEWER THAN 200 PEOPLE AT LUNCH TIME, AND ROWS AND ROWS OF EMPTY SHOPLOTS AND CUBICLES/STALLS.
One of the four buses was about to leave. Passengers began getting on. There were a total of 8 buses. Only 8 buses.
This exit takes you to the bus stand for the bus to town. It costs RM2.50 to town but it is likely to be to Jelapang since the trip is 2.5km.
The waiting lounge is large but it was empty. Take your pick and sit anywhere you wish….
What about ticketing booths for bus companies or their agents? Lots of them, and only one was open. The girl sitting in her chair said, “No business la.”
Escalators and lifts: no takers…
The Food Court? No customers at lunch time…those are staff.
What if you rented a shoplot? No business, whether you sell food, drink or other things.
There is a Transit hotel.
The Amanjaya Terminal has ample facilities, including 400 parking bays, shops, a budget hotel, ATM machines and ticket counters, with separate floors for arrival and departure.
BUT HARDLY ANY PASSENGERS OR BUSINESS OF ANY SORT!
TO MOVE OR NOT TO MOVE TO AMAN JAYA, THAT IS THE QUESTION FOR NOW BUT EVENTUALLY, THERE IS NO CHOICE.
On Feb 4, it was reported that the state government was doing its best to get the city’s remaining bus operators to move into the Amanjaya Terminal as soon as possible, rather than wait until the end of the one-year time frame.
To me, Aman Jaya is just like our Batu Gajah bus station and railway station, which locations were chosen not for the convenience of the public but for reasons best known to the decision-makers. To the residents and users like myself, it is better described as ‘development at the expense of convenience’. It makes no sense at all, for planners to decide on a location without considering the needs of the users.
By the way, Mydin has a hypermarket in Meru, just across the road from Bus Terminal Aman Jaya. According to a friend who has been there, there are so few people that he wonders how long they can continue in that situation. As we all know, Mydin is a beneficiary of Najib’s 1Malaysia this and that, so he has lots of public funds to waste before he feels the pinch. Meanwhile, we have to change our way of life just to suit unsuitable locations decided by people who are out of touch with reality. To rub salt into injuries, we are told promises have been honoured; public interests come first; nobody will be left behind; and so on. It is a strange world in our country better known as Malaysia Boleh.
- 15 Feb 2013
- Metro Perak
By EDMUND NGO firstname.lastname@example.org
Medan Gopeng bus operators express fear of moving to the Amanjaya Terminal as the number of passengers and location does not seem feasible for profit.
THE MOVE TO THE AMANJAYA BUS TERMINAL IN BANDAR BARU MERU, JELAPANG HAS CONSEQUENCES:
1 FOR THE BUREAUCRATS, THE OFFICIALS: High praise. What a shining example of planning for the good of the people of Ipoh and Perak! Ahem.
2 FOR THE BUS COMPANIES: LOSSES.
HOW DO YOU LOSE MONEY EASILY? THE BUREAUCRATS WILL DO IT FOR YOU. They plan, implement, and you, the bus companies, bear the consequences.
A bus operator in Medan Gopeng suffered losses amounting to over RM80,000 since opening five ticket counters at the Amanjaya Terminal in Bandar Meru Raya, Jelapang.
Faizal Mustapha, 54, who initially had four companies and 15 buses, set up the ticket counters at the new RM140mil terminal since it was opened last September.
“Unfortunately I was losing RM45,000 a month due to the lack of passengers and in order to cope with the loss, I resorted to selling one of my companies and 10 buses.
“I now have two ticket counters at the Amanjaya Terminal and recording a loss of RM10,000 a month. I am relying on the small profit from tickets sold at Medan Gopeng to sustain my operations,” he said in a press conference yesterday.
15 February 2013
3 FOR COMMUTERS: MUCH INCONVENIENCE AND HIGHER COST
Medan Gopeng Action Committee secretary Abd Hamid Sidek said Amanjaya Terminal located about 15km away from the city centre, was inconvenient for passengers.
“There is no shuttle bus service from the Amanjaya Terminal to the city, therefore passengers are forced to take a taxi.
“A taxi ride from the terminal to Medan Gopeng is RM20 and that is more expensive than the cost of a single trip bus fare from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur, which is about RM18,” he said.
25 December 2012 | last updated at 08:11PM
New bus terminal underutilised
TOO FAR: The latest transport hub in Bandar Meru Raya has ample facilities but sales are slow at its ticket counters, with few customers and visitorsIPOH: IS the Amanjaya Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex in Bandar Meru Raya here fast turning into a white elephant?While the state deems it otherwise, the public think the RM38 million project, which started operations on Sept 25, is underutilised due to its unsuitability.A visit by the Streets team to the building recently found the place quite deserted.There were few commuters and sales was slow at the ticket counters.
01 November 2012 | last updated at 08:24AM
Preventing another white elephant
Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir (second from left) and Mohamad Mat Isa (second from right) with representatives from all the NGOs at the Amanjaya Ipoh bus terminal. Pic by Farhan Najib
IPOH: WORRIED that the newly opened Amanjaya Ipoh terminal (otherwise known as Meru Bus Terminal) will end up as another white elephant, several non-government organisations (NGOs) got together to share their thoughts on how to turn the bus terminal into a bustling place.
Besides putting up a proper tourist information counter, the NGOs also recommended that the management of the terminal charge cheaper rentals for in-house stalls.
Other suggestions included the need to upgrade maintenance and public relations services and coordinating the bus routes together with the train services.
Among the NGO members present were Malaysia Budget Hotel Association, Perak Homestay Association, Taiping Tourist Association, Perak Tourist Guide Association, Perak Heritage Society, Ipoh City Watch, Perak Women for Women and Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).
The meeting between The Combined Bus Services Sdn Bhd (TCBS) and the NGOs was conducted by Perak Tourism Association (PTA) at Terminal Amanjaya Ipoh at Meru Raya here recently.
PTA president Mohd Odzman Abd Kadir said the event was aimed at preventing the terminal from losing its importance.
“Our association hopes to assist TCBS in upgrading the services of frontliners like receptionists, ticketing officers and even stalls operators.
“Besides, we are also providing suggestions on how to improve the feeder bus services which run from the bus terminal to city centre,” said Odzman.
Read more: Preventing another white elephant – Northern – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/northern/preventing-another-white-elephant-1.164754?cache=03D163D03edding-pre
22 September 2012 | last updated at 10:38PM
Mixed response to new bus terminal
IPOH: THE RM38 million Integrated Bus Terminal and Complex in Bandar Meru Raya near Jelapang here, which was supposed to begin operations in June, is creating quite a stir among the people.
While some are singing praises of the three-storey terminal and complex by Combined Bus Services Sdn Bhd (CBSB), others are not too excited.
Some commuters have claimed that the terminal, which will serve as an inter-city bus station and terminal, will inconvenience residents living in Ipoh city centre.
Meanwhile commuter Awang Ali, 35, said the new terminal in Bandar Meru Raya would ease traffic congestion along Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, where the existing Medan Gopeng express bus station is located.