PBS feels the existing rates in these three
locations are justified, given their popularity among motorists
and shopowners alike as they encourage quick turnovers in
parking space, thus benefiting all.
However, the party said rates at all other
parking lots should be similar to those rates charged by
the KK Car Parks Sdn Bhd previously, the base rate of which
was 21 sen.
It detailed these particulars in a memorandum
signed by PBS President Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan submitted
to the Special Committee on Parking Rates and Garbage Collection
in KK chaired by Datuk Masidi Manjun on Monday.
Pairin said PBS believed it is not an appropriate
time for City Hall to charge for parking in Telipok and
Menggatal. Collection should also be put on hold at Damai,
Foh Sang, Sembulan and Tanjung Aru until the economy gets
better, he added.
It is also unreasonable for fees to be charged
to park in areas that have only one or two rows of shops
but which, for all intents and purposes, are part of residential
areas, he said. The party pointed to the New Emperor Restaurant,
Luyang Restaurant and shops opposite the State Archives,
among others as typical examples.
Pairin said it was also the view of PBS
that the cost of seasonal parking tickets be reduced from
the existing RM80 to RM50 for the town centre and RM50 to
RM25 in other areas to make these more affordable.
“This is important because it affects those
workers who are on low levels of fixed income but have no
choice and have to park their cars on long term basis,”
Pairin said the time was not ripe for City
Hall to earn much revenue from parking lots in the city
due to the relatively sluggish economy at the moment.
“Indeed, we understand the need for Dewan
Bandaraya of Kota Kinabalu (City Hall) to obtain as much
income as possible but we are also of the view that the
policy of deriving large sums of revenue from the parking
lots is still not appropriate at the moment,” he said.
Many motorists are finding it a burden having
to pay such high rates, he said, adding that PBS had also
raised the matter during its recent congress.
Pairin emphasised that PBS’ views were based
entirely on the fact that it had obtained first hand information
and feedback from the rakyat through “tens of thousands
of party supporters and workers, including our wakil rakyat
for the Tanjung Aru parliamentary constituency, Api-Api,
Sembulan and Inanam State constituencies”.
PBS hopes that serious consideration would
be taken on its views when the carpark review committee
decides on fixing the city’s new parking rates.
“We are of the firm belief that a favourable
rate of charging for carparks that is both affordable and
user friendly to the people is paramount. In doing so, it
will also show that the BN government is a caring government,”