KOTA KINABALU –Sabah boast the first solar taxi stand in Malaysia with its establishment at Kampung Air here today.
Named Green Kampung Air Taxi Station, it was officially opened by Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah and Minister of Industrial Development, today.
According to Raymond, it utilises the thin film solar power energy technology from United States of America (USA) in order to promote a wider use of renewable energy and to protect the environment.
The taxi stand will be operating its two fans and new light-weight by using a full solar energy with its powered structure designed by Innotech Design Architects Sdn. Bhd..
The motifs depicted several of Sabah’s most iconic fauna, namely Proboscis Monkey, Orang Utan, Pygmy Elephant, Hornbill and Bornean Sun Bear, which was in line with the Kota Kinabalu’s theme, “The Nature Resort City”.
Four benches have been built for passengers and two telephones for the taxi driver to use.
“It is the first Corporate Social Responsibility project of Kota Kinabalu Teo Chew Association led by its chairman Datuk Chua Soon Ping with several consultants and contractors in collaboration with Kota Kinabalu City Hall. The project was supported by Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir and supplied by 22 leading building material.”
The RM300000 solar taxi stand’s facilities include facilities for the disabled and covered roofing for rainy days.
The Chairman of West Coast Taxi Association, Wong Nyuk Min, 67 who has worked as a taxi driver for 40 years, stated that the solar taxi stand was better than the previous taxi stand.
“Now, we have a wider taxi stand and we won’t get caught in the rain starting from this day. The old one was too narrow and inconvenient.”-By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.