KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Berhad expects to see a rise in the number of passengers after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season, says its group chairman, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
"There was a drastic drop in the number of passengers by about 90% when the movement control order (MCO) was implemented by the government, but the numbers are gradually increasing again under the conditional MCO.
"We expect to see the numbers to pick up after the Hari Raya festive season," he told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday (May 20).
Tajuddin attributed the increase in ridership to strong public confidence in social distancing and safety measures implemented by Prasarana for its services.
"Everything is well organised in terms of social distancing and cleanliness.
"Disinfection is carried out daily, not only on the buses and trains but also at every station," he added.
Tajuddin praised commuters for adhering the social distancing regulations when using Prasarana's services.
"So far, compliance with social distancing is 100%, as Malaysians are usually a very disciplined lot," he said.
Besides adopting the Health Ministry's Covid-19 guidelines, he said that Prasarana had also implemented additional safeguards.
He said this included limiting the number of passengers to 20 at boarding platforms to avoid overcrowding.
Earlier, Tajuddin, who was accompanied by Prasarana group chief operating officer (operations) Muhammad Nizam Alias, boarded a Rapid KL bus from Bangsar to the Semantan MRT Station and took an MRT to the Pasar Seni MRT Station.
Tajuddin, who was appointed to head Prasarana on May 4, wanted to check on compliance of social distancing measures implemented by Prasarana.
He also took the opportunity to hand out hand sanitizers, face masks and Hari Raya goodies to passengers, in conjunction with the coming festive season.
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