New govt needs to prioritise public transport


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 19 Jul 2018

I REFER to the letter “Don’t leave public transport behind” (The Star, July 18). I have to agree with the writer that Pakatan Harapan has paid very little attention to public transport, especially in the Klang Valley.

While I know it isn’t fair to expect the new government to do much within a short period of time, the lack of focus on urban public transport in the Klang Valley has raised serious concerns.

I have always envied cities such as Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong and our neighbour Singapore for their reliable and efficient public transport system.

I have to agree with the writer that the zero-rated GST and RM1tril debt must not be a hindrance to developing public transport.

Just take a drive along the Klang Valley and you will see so many new malls, commercial blocks and residential units currently under construction. All these will only worsen congestion.

My Singaporean cousin remarked, “You guys can afford to build new malls and skyscrapers in KL but not develop your public transport network?”

The lack of interest shown on public transport will also affect foreign investment.

As the writer noted, no government in the world has made driving cheaper than taking public transport.

In fact the city of Paris is considering making public transport free to reduce pollution.

Conversely, the Federal Government is encouraging people to drive by abolishing tolls and subsiding petrol. At the same time, the price of new cars has been reduced with zero-rated GST.

The Finance Ministry must stop citing the huge debt the country is facing as a reason for the government to reduce expenditure on projects that will benefit the rakyat.

Enough of cutting cost! The Government must think of new ways to generate additional revenue to fund public infrastructure projects.

JON NG

Petaling Jaya

 

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