Cash-strapped Johor bus operators call for govt to help

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  • Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

KULAI: Frustrated bus operators and drivers in Johor are pressing for the Federal Government’s intervention to help alleviate their financial woes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Johor Muafakat Bus Operators and Drivers’ Association chairman R. Thiagarajan said they did not benefit from the loan moratorium because they mostly turned to credit companies for loans, as government policies made it difficult for them to obtain loans from commercial banks.

The credit companies were not included in the loan moratorium scheme, he said.

“As such, we still need to service our loans of about RM3,800 and higher for each vehicle, depending on the type.

“It is taxing on us because we have zero income now, since the tourism industry went into a slump and schools are no longer in session.

“Bus drivers that used to ferry workers to and from Singapore are highly affected as well and a lot of their buses have been repossessed by the credit companies due to failure to service their loan, ” he said in a press conference here on Tuesday (Nov 24).

He added that his association has submitted letters to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Transport Minister highlighting their plight on several occasions but did not receive a reply so far.

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