Better bus service for state in the pipeline


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

THE public bus network in Perak will be widened as part of the Federal Government’s nationwide exercise to improve the service.

Perak Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Paul Yong Choo Kiong said the state government was committed to providing the best public transportation services to the people and it would discuss with the Transport Ministry on expanding the area of coverage.

“Bus services are under the purview of Transport Ministry’s Land Public Transport Agency.

“The ministry is in the process of widening the stage bus service’s coverage and accessibility nationwide, including Perak,” he said at the Perak State Assembly.

He was replying to Chaw Kam Foon (PH-Menglembu) during the question-and-answer session yesterday.

Yong said the long-term plan was based on a decentralisation strategy.

“It will depend on the allocation from the Federal Government as well as the state government’s financial capability,” he elaborated.

He said a public bus service offered by the Perak government was MyBas under the Stage Bus Service Transformation (SBST) programme.

He further said the programme was launched to provide such service outside of Kuala Lumpur.

“MyBas Ipoh was launched in June, 2016, offering a more integrated service and more bus routes.

“It currently offers 16 routes covering a distance of 367km. All of them connect to two main terminals, which are Medan Kidd and Amanjaya in Meru Raya.

“To ensure accessibility for Perak denizens, the state, through the local councils, has built and upgraded several bus stops and stations.

“We are also committed to continue upgrading these bus stops and stations,” he added.

To a supplementary question from Chaw on whether Perak would consider using electric buses, Yong said the state submitted a request to the ministry on the matter.

To an additional question by Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim (BN-Pengkalan Baru) that public buses were not fully utilised in rural areas, Yong said the government was aware of the situation and was waiting for more information on the introduction of motorcycle e-hailing services in rural areas.

On a separate matter, Yong said the state would continue to build affordable houses for the B40 group and youth.

He said the state was in the midst of constructing about 300 Rumah Belia houses for youth under the State Agriculture Development Corporation in Tanjung Tualang.

“We are working closely with the Perak Housing and Property Board to find suitable land to build low-cost and other affordable houses to make it available to youths.

“Right now, we are still following the same quota for youths used by the previous government in building houses, which is 5%,” he said in his reply to a written question from Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin (PH-Sungai Manik).

Yong said another 325 units of Rumah Belia houses and 304 units of youth transit houses were being built in Tanjung Malim.

“The government is monitoring all housing developments in the state.

“We will ensure that all development projects include affordable houses, especially in projects that are 8ha and above,” he added.


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