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IPOH: THE recent announcement that the Medan Gopeng bus station will be closed down for good by the end of this month has received mixed reactions from the public.

This follows the nod given by the remaining 25 bus companies to move to the new Amanjaya integrated bus terminal and complex in Bandar Meru Raya, located about 15km from the city centre here.

A student of a private college here, S. Sharmila, who hails the move, said it would be easier for her to travel to the new Amanjaya terminal from her rented home in Silibin.

"At present, there is no bus service plying the route from my house to the Medan Gopeng bus station. My only option is to travel by taxi, and the fare is exorbitant.

"With this move, there is bus services from my house to the new terminal and it is much nearer, so I fully support the decision to relocate the express bus services from Medan Gopeng to Meru Raya," she said.

Sharmila, 22, from Sungai Petani, Kedah, said the Amanjaya terminal also provided far better facilities.

Ticketing agent, Che Su Ibrahim, 40, agrees.

She said the air-conditioned Amanjaya terminal provided a  comfortable environment for both the passengers and employees of the bus companies.

Che Su said although the rent for ticketing agents at the new terminal was slightly higher, it was worthwhile as it had better facilities compared with the old bus terminal in Medan Gopeng.

"Yes, the rent in Medan Gopeng is cheaper, but the ticketing operators had to fork out their own money for maintenance.

"In Amanjaya terminal, the maintenance fees are all included in the tenants' monthly rent," she said.

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.

Shop assistant Nurul Atikah Badrul Hisham, 22, from Kampung Sungai Rokam, may have to quit her job if her employer relocates to the new bus terminal due to transport constraints.

"I only have to walk from my house to Medan Gopeng for work now.  I do not have personal transport, so it will be hard for me to travel to the Amanjaya terminal as there is no reliable bus service, and coming to work by taxi is too expensive.

"My only option is to quit my job," she added.

S. Pushpa, 45, said she would prefer if the Medan Gopeng bus station remained operational even after the new Amanjaya terminal opens.

"Otherwise, the authorities should provide reliable bus services connecting the Medan Gopeng bus station area to the Amanjaya terminal and vice-versa."

It was reported that the new integrated terminal had ample facilities, such as 400 parking bays, shops, a budget hotel and automated teller machines.

Some commuters prefer the Medan Gopeng bus station because of its proximity to their homes and place of work.

The Medan Gopeng bus station will no longer be operational once the Amanjaya integrated bus terminal and complex opens later this month. Pic by L. Manimaran


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