IPOH: The iconic pink taxis at Pangkor will be changed to electric-powered ones in its bid to prepare the island to be carbon-free.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said about 100 taxis would be changed and new electric vans are expected to be shipped to the island within this year.
"The electric vans are supposed to be there now but these were unable to be sent there due to the movement control order (MCO).
"The state has approved RM10mil for these," he told reporters after visiting SMK Methodist (P) and SMJK Sam Tet here Wednesday (June 24).
"They look better than the current ones, maybe they will remain pink, I'm not sure," he said, adding that about 100 electric motorcycles would also be placed on Pangkor to be rented by tourists.
Faizal said the taxi drivers on the island would have to pay a "minimal" fee to change their taxis to the new vans.
"I believe they will be happy and love the new vehicles," he said.
Faizal also said during a recent Pangkor Strategic Development meeting, he had instructed the respective agencies to use the time during the current recovery MCO to prepare the island to welcome tourists next year.
He said more duty-free shops would be opened, facilities improved and training for the local folk in various sectors to welcome tourists.
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