JOHOR is prepared to adopt the cashless system for public transport, says state public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri. He said the use of a cashless system could improve the efficiency of public transport in the state.
“Johor is planning to use electronic payment, especially for buses.
“This move could also improve the efficiency of the payment system,” he said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri.
He was replying to Andrew Chen Kah Eng (PH-Tangkak), who wanted to know the state government’s plan to use electronic payment for public buses in Johor.
Mohd Solihan said the state government’s Bas Muafakat Johor (BMJ) programme had been using a cashless system since it was introduced.
“Initially, passengers were using Muafakat Johor cards for the service.
“However, the system has now been changed, where Malaysians only need to show their MyKad.
“Meanwhile, foreign students are still using the Muafakat Johor card and pay RM30 annually for the service,” he said.
BMJ was first introduced in April 2016, covering routes in Johor Baru district and was extended in phases to Muar, Mersing, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Segamat, Kota Tinggi, Simpang Renggam, Tangkak and Yong Peng.
Mohd Solihan said the cashless system would also be used for the Stage Bus System Transformation (SBST) programme in Iskandar Malaysia starting next year.
“The Land Public Transport Agency said it will be going cashless for the SBST in Iskandar Puteri.
“On top of that, Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit, which is expected to begin operating in 2024, will also be using electronic payment fully,” he added.