THE Selangor state government and the local authorities should be lauded for introducing the free bus service that is plying various routes between towns and residential areas in the state.
This free bus service is a timely and welcome move as many commuters from the lower income group can opt for this mode of public transport especially during the present economic slowdown and increased cost of living.
For better ridership, the buses need to ply popular routes to commercial venues, hospitals, educational institutions, public transport centres, and government offices.
It is hoped that this initiative of the state government will be improved based on feedback from the public.
Sadly, Sungai Buloh which comes under the jurisdiction of both the Shah Alam City Council and Petaling Jaya City Council has not benefitted from this free bus service.
A large number of poor people are forced to hire taxis and pay exorbitant rates to go to the Sg Buloh Hospital, the railway station and government offices.
Many ratepayers from Sungai Buloh, especially from the lower-income group are highly critical of the state government for ignoring their plight and concentrating on other districts where in some cases, the buses can be seen running empty. It must be taken into account that there is no regular stage bus service for Sungai Buloh residents.
I hope Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali will look into this matter and look into the plight of Subang, Kota Damansara, Kg Baru Sg Buloh and Kg Paya Jaras residents where there is a urgent need for the free bus service.