Free transport for KL’s needy residents

Khalid (left) taking a closer look at one of the Van Wilayah units at Menara DBKL. With him are Rosida (second from right) and Zaizalnizam (right). 

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has given the 11 Residents Representative Council (MPP) in Kuala Lumpur a van each under the Van Wilayah Programme.

The programme under the Wilayah Peduli initiative is aimed at providing free transport to needy folk.

Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) will be tasked to supervise the programme while the MPP will source drivers for the vans and manage bookings.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the vans would be used for the people’s convenience such as urgent need to get to public hospitals and clinics.

“This is a pilot project to assist people who need transportation. We will monitor the effectiveness of the programme.

“Each MPP should make sure its operations are done in a safe and responsible manner, ” he said.

If the programme is well received by the public, Khalid said, more vans would be added to serve the 77 sub-zones within the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur.

“If there is a high demand for it, we will expand the programme where each sub-zone will get their own van in five years’ time, ” he said, adding that the programme must adhere to the standard operating procedure set by the ministry.

“This is to ensure that the programme’s goals to help people are met and to prevent cases of misusing the free transport service.

“We are also hoping to get corporate bodies to sponsor this programme, ” he said.

Also present at the event were Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Rosida Jaafar, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, DBKL executive director (Socioeconomic Development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff and YWP chief executive officer Zaizalnizam Zainun.

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