Mentioning the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto which says the new government will put 10,000 new buses on the roads in Malaysia once they take power, a netizen on Twitter says the dispersed authority on transportation in Malaysia will not make this possible.
PH also promised that within 10 minutes of walking, 80% of urban areas will have bus stops and train stations and that waiting times for any public transportation service, particularly buses, will not exceed 10 minutes. To meet these demands, PH says it needs 10,000 buses for cities across Malaysia, with 7,000 of them operating in the Klang Valley.
However, the netizen responded by saying that it seems too complicated for the new government to achieve this feat.
PH promise of 10k buses is very complicated and hard to fulfil…too many Ministries involved.
~Buses under MoT
~Roads under JKR
~Bus stops & access under Majlis Bandaraya
~And most important of all : money is under MoF
How to solve all this?
S’pore have LTA
— khalid karim Presiden Parti Orang Miskin (@khalidkarim) December 3, 2022
Follow Singapore’s LTA
According to the netizen, the main issue here is that the development process to bring in 10,000 buses will have to go through multiple ministries and local governments. But the person also gave a very simple answer: Look at Singapore where the land transport development is led by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Singapore’s land transport infrastructure and systems are planned, designed, built, and maintained by the LTA; this centralisation makes it easier for the government, for example, to execute future development plans in the public transport segment.
For the netizen though, the numerous ministries and departments handling transportation and roads in Malaysia make it tougher for Pakatan to deliver on its promises.
The suggestion made by the netizen for Malaysia is to merge all the relevant ‘transport’ and ‘road’ authorities under one roof to make the country’s transformation from a car-dependent nation to an efficient public transport system.
Imagine that Malaysia has to depend on the Ministry of Transport for matters of the public transportation system, while for roadworks, Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR). Adding more buses would mean that JKR will have to be involved with the situation. Bus stops would be managed by the local government, Majlis Bandaraya. Lastly, the money for all of these will be under the Ministry of Finance.
Expect more hiccups, Twitter users believe since bus stops are managed by the local governments and of course, the money for all of these will be under the Ministry of Finance.
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