KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Minister Anthony Loke is hoping that public transportation will be given attention in the upcoming Budget 2020.
He said programmes launched by the Transport Ministry previously, such as the My50 and My100 travel passes, should be allocated funds by the government to continue operating, given its success in the Klang Valley and Penang.
“We are hoping for this (travel passes) to be expanded in other places, and that is why we need funds and support from the Finance Ministry in the coming Budget 2020, ” said Loke to reporters during a press conference upon officiating the World Maritime Day at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Tuesday (Sept 10).
According to the minister, he was currently requesting funds from the Finance Ministry to carry out the construction of several additional railway lines, known as spur lines.
This was to maximise the efficiency of existing rail lines and to also develop the national logistics industry.
“To ensure the development of the logistics sector, we must be able to connect our rail lines to the ports, and also to industrial areas.
“So we are hoping to be allocated (funds) in the budget to launch a few spur line projects along our railway lines.”
Loke said the current issue with railway efficiency was that most freight trains shared the same railway lines as trains ferrying regular passengers.
“This is ineffective because in the morning, they (freight cargos) could not move because the priority is for the passenger (trains).
“So, a spur line will reduce the distance and time from the North (of the country) to Port Klang. This is among the projects seen by the Finance Ministry, and it will be implemented shortly.”
Budget 2020 is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament on Oct 11 this year.