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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 11:55:12 AM

Johor MB: Give priority to bus commuters

JOHOR BARU: Johor wants the Land Public Transport Authority (SPAD) to put the interest and well-being of the people before that of bus operators.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pic) said SPAD was more interested in serving and accommodating the business interest of bus companies than to provide a bet­­­ter public transportation system.

He said SPAD had failed to gather feedback, opinions and suggestions from the respective state governments on ways to improve the public transportation.

“They (SPAD) are more interested in issuing licences to private bus operators, and this is not right. Priority must be given to the commuters,” said Mohamed Khaled.

He told reporters this after the balloting of the 1,055 units of the Johor affordable homes and low-medium cost houses at Taman Mutiara Rini, here, yesterday.

Mohamed Khaled said while Johor had no problems or issues on the awarding of the licences by SPAD to public transport providers, SPAD should take into account whether they would be able to deliver their services.

He said SPAD should also look at all routes that needed to be served by the bus companies and not only routes that were profitable.

“I have instructed all the 16 local authorities to set up a unit to identify problems and issues on the public transportation system in Johor,” said Mohamed Khaled.

He said findings on the problems and issues by the local aut­horities were vital to plan, provide and deliver efficient public transportation, adding that SPAD should get all the information required from the local authorities.

Mohamed Khaled said Johor did not want a sole public bus service provider like RapidPenang and RapidKuantan, as is the case in Penang and Kuantan respectively, because such a service was only concentrated in primary towns.

“We want our bus services to also serve residents in the semi-rural and rural areas of Johor.”

Tags / Keywords: Government, spad, public bus, johor, local authorities, mohamed khaled nordin

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