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What is the use of a bus stop shelter that doesn’t shelter?

Well, that was what Malaysian commuter Yap Swee Seng was wondering when he took to Facebook criticizing a bus stop’s design in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In his Facebook post, Yap complained that he had rushed under the bus stop expecting to get shelter, only to discover that the beautifully decorated bus stop provided no shelter whatsoever.

“By the time I reached KL Sentral, it was raining. I decided to brave the rain and walked quickly towards the bus stop across Public Bank, thinking that I could wait for my bus while taking shelter under the newly built bus stop.”

“Little did I know that while the bus stop is extremely new and the roof is beautifully decorated, it actually does not stop the rain from falling down on your head!!!!!”

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A Total Waste Of Money

Swee Seng went on to make valid points in highlighting that the bus stop was a total waste of taxpayers’ dollars and questioned whether public officials had the best interests of the public in mind.

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“How much taxpayers’ money has been spent to build this totally useless bus stop? Is the interest and welfare of taxpayers even in the mind of our public officials? Or is this another case of mark-up-the-price project in order to get a bigger amount of kickbacks?”

Authorities Response: It’s Not Completed Yet

In a separate Facebook post on Saturday morning, the Kuala Lumpur City Council explained that the bus stop was still under construction and that a transparent layer would be added above the roof of the bus stop.

Well, shouldn’t the incomplete bus stop be cordoned off then?

Yap’s post was posted on 26 September 2019, and has since garnered 6.9k reactions, 1.4k comments and 4.5k shares, which clearly shows that netizens agree with Swee Seng’s point about a beautiful but essentially useless bus stop.

I would be pretty pissed off too if I had braved the rain, and rushed under a shelter only to find that it provided no shelter whatsoever.

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Sure, the KL City Council was getting around to installing the transparent layer but an incomplete but fully accessible bus stop would lead to many wet and unhappy people.

However, on the 28 September 2019, a Twitter user posted a picture of the transparent layer being installed.

So, Yap Swee Seng and citizens of KL, you can smile and rest easy again.

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