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by christina tan
Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
KLUANG: Bus operators and transportation companies have been warned not to take advantage of the recent fuel price hike and raise bus fares at their will.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the decision by the Government to reduce fuel subsidy so that it could benefit the people.
He said the intensions of the Government to reduce subsidy including improving public transportation policy that reduce the burden of the people.
“I want to remind them not to take the opportunity to increase prices at they like as this will affect the prices of goods and the taxpayers have to bear the cost at the end.
“It will not serve the purpose of helping the people but affect the lower income group instead,” he told a press conference after Merdeka Raya open house held at Taman Sri Lambuk here on Sunday.
The Sembrong MP said his ministry and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were taking a closer look at the plights of bus operators and public transport companies on effects following petrol and diesel price increased.
He said the authorities were prepared to meet with the operators and companies to assist them in their issues.
The Government was also looking into the possibility of helping the operators and companies using the saving from the deduction of fuel subsidy if reasons provided by them were justified, he said.
“We know that before the reduced of subsidy by the Government some bus fares have increased,” he added.
It was reported earlier that SPAD was studying the impact of the 20-sen hike, which saw RON95 petrol and diesel go up to RM2.10 and RM2.00 respectively.
A previous report citing Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said this led to a sudden rise of 5% in operational costs.
He expected fares to go up by between 5% and 30% in the near future, and asked the Government to act quickly to help companies absorb the hike’s effects.
In another development, Hishammuddin, who is defending Umno vice-president post, said who and the number of candidates contesting for the Umno vice-president posts in the coming party election was not an issue.
He said this when asked to comment on former party vice-president Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad and former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ali Rustam announced their intensions to contest the vice-president position.
He said although the number contestants for the post had increased from 10 to 12, he did not see it as a problem.
“I believe our members will evaluate, I’m ready to be evaluated base on what I have done,” he said, adding that most importantly win or loss in the election should not affect the unity of the party.
Hishammuddin, who is also Sembrong Umno division chief, said all 64 branches in division-completed elections without much problems with 40% new faces replaced the branch level leadership.
“If smooth election can be done in branch level, I don’t see why it cannot be done in the national level to decide our leaders,” he added.
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