Penang identifying buses for transport system

  • Business
  • Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007

PENANG: The Penang state government is identifying suitable buses to buy for its new state-managed public transportation system on the island. 

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said: “We are currently studying which are the best buses to buy. 

“We have to choose how many 12m, 10m and 8m long buses to buy as some may be more suitable for certain routes. 

“Based on the terrain of the routes, we also have to decide whether the buses should have low or high undercarriage,” he told newsmen on Wednesday after a press conference on the state Gerakan and MCA's joint Chinese New Year open house. 

Last December, the state assembly passed a Bill approving the state’s RM200mil loan from the Federal Government for the revamp of the public bus transportation system. 

The new bus company to be managed by the state government, Bas Negeri Pulau Pinang (BNPP), is expected to be operational by the middle of the year. 

Dr Teng, who is Penang Gerakan secretary, said the open house would be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Feb 19at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in Relau. 

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would attend the open house at 11am. 

“A lion dance and choir performance will also be held during the event where 10,000 people are expected to attend.” 

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