KUCHING: Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) holders may get to enjoy free bus rides if a discussion on the subject ends on a good note.

Chief Minister Datuk Pattingi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government is still in discussion.

“For the Kenyalang Gold Card holders who are 60 years and above, aside from receiving special discounts and benefits from selected vendors, they could take the bus managed by the state government for free, that's depending on the outcome of the discussion now ongoing.

“They could use the card whenever they take the hydrogen or electric bus, which is owned by the state government, free of charge," he said during launching of the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (Pawe) Sri Satok building at Jalan Kulas yesterday.

Abang Johari and wife Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang show their Pusat Aktiviti Warga Emas (PAWE) membership cards while centre's acting chairman Penghulu Mohamad Maraji (second left), Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah and Pusat Kebajikan Datuk Amar Hajjah Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang chairman Datuk Dr Munirah Mohd look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

He, however, reiterated that the initiative is still being discussed with the Sarawak Ministry of Transport.

He noted that the launch of the KGC has been receiving “very encouraging" response from many quarters, especially supermarkets.

The newly launched KGC is now open for application for all Sarawakians aged 60 and above. Abang Johari is expected to officially launch the KGC at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on March 7.

>Sources: New Sarawak Tribune