Cancel DRT contract to safeguard the people's interests, says Gombak Setia rep

PETALING JAYA: The award of the Demand-Responsive Transit (DRT) contract to two companies should be cancelled to safeguard the interests of the people in Selangor, says Hilman Idham.

The Gombak Setia assemblyman said if the government was sincere in its principle of adhering to integrity and responsibility, it should review the implementation model of the DRT service and cancel the present award to Asia Mobility Technologies Sdn Bhd and Badan Bas Coach Sdn Bhd.

"The basic question here is why an open tender was not used to appoint both companies?

"This should be explained in detail as it involves state government funds," Hilman said in a statement on Tuesday (May 28).

"The exclusive appointment of both the companies raises various questions including the amount of the government's investment, the business model and the return-on-investment for the state," he said.

Hilman said there were more experienced companies, including Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, which were capable of getting the Public Land Transport Agency (Apad) licence to implement the DRT service.

"A lesson should be learnt here, with priority being the Selangor people's well-being as to ensure the government is not caught again in controversies such as the Selangkah app and insurance scheme," added Hilman.

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