MELAKA: Tour bus operators are appealing to the government to look into their plight after about 9,500 buses are currently left idle throughout the country.
Operators' Association of Peninsular Malaysia president Steven SW Chong said bus operators are facing dire conditions after a critical drop in tourist arrivals recently.
"Our members are facing financial difficulties due to a slew of cancellations since February.
"We have to still maintain our buses, pay monthly instalments as well as the salaries of our drivers despite zero income," he said on Tuesday (April 7).
Chong said the association has currently 180 members but also represents other non-member tour bus operators.
He said they had written to various ministries, including the Prime Minister's Office about their plight.
"We need at least three to six months to recover once the movement control order (MCO) is lifted. We need a stimulus package to help us cope during this tough period," he said.
Chong said the association also proposed other measures including loan restructuring by financial institutions, waiving of taxes as well as financial assistance for operators and fee exemptions.
He added some 8,000 drivers could also lose their jobs if the operators are unable to make it through the economic situation.
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