Crowdsourcing for Budget 2014

The Malaysian Government is crowdsourcing ideas for the 2014 budget at

Here is our feedback:

In  order to support the use of public transport,  there should be a reward for those who are everyday users of public transport because they are not clogging the roads & polluting the air.

Transit Malaysia proposes that the government offer income tax credits of minimum RM300 to those who purchase 12 monthly public transport passes in one tax year. Lesser credits would be made available to those who purchase fewer than 12 passes.

TRANSIT has also made the following comment and proposal:

Public transport in Malaysia is unreliable, infrequent and plagued by inefficient competition. The government plans to put “RAPID” bus services in every major capital city. However, these companies would not be local or locally accountable and would instead answer to decisions made by Prasarana in KL.

TRANSIT Malaysia proposes that the government create local/regional public transport organizing authorities to manage and organize public transport services in the Klang Valley and other economic regions.

There is obviously more to be said, especially on the failure of our existing poorly-regulated, non-accountable and ineffective public transport system,but we only had 500 characters available in which to post.

TRANSIT asks for your support in promoting comments that support efficient, wise investments that will improve public transport operations throughout Malaysia.

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MRT Update: MyRapidTransit launching & public viewing on 8 July 2011 at KL Convention Centre (Update#1)

TRANSIT took note of the fact that the Klang Valley MRT (now referred to as MyRapidTransit) was launched by the Prime Minister at KL Convention Centre on 8 July 2011.

The launching, which took place in the morning and included a ground-breaking ceremony at the Rubber Research Institute and Jalan Cochrane sites, as well as the first singing of the MRT song by Jaclyn Victor and Badri.

The invitation-only event was telecast on RTM1 from 9:30-11am.

You can watch live streaming video of RTM1 here.

Media Invitation to the Launching of the MRT on 8 July 2011.

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Following this launching, the public is invited to learn more about the MRT from 12:00-7:00pm at KL Convention Centre.

Public exhibition on the MRT at KL Convention Centre, Friday, 8 July (12-7pm)

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TRANSIT’s prediction comes to life. Sadly, Klang is becoming a “pass-through” town

TRANSIT has always had a soft spot for Klang town, despite what people may think. Aside from the food (different options for different people) and the culture, Klang Town is the nearest thing we can find in the Klang Valley to an “urban” town with heritage and cultural traditions.

Certainly there are areas of Kuala Lumpur that are “urban” in the sense that they have pedestrian-scale streets bustling with people. Similar areas can also be found in other towns in the Klang Valley – like Kajang, Petaling Jaya and parts of Ampang.

But none of these areas have the history and independence that Klang does.

And this is why we at TRANSIT have always made an effort to ensure that the urban character and heritage of Klang is retained. Unfortunately, it seems that the Selangor Government and MPK just does not agree. Through their (probably well-meaning) actions, with short term responses to long-term issues, they have managed to hollow out the urban core of North Klang and replace what was once a thriving, pedestrian oriented commercial centre with congestion, poor public transport, and dying businesses.

The worst thing about this is that TRANSIT predicted this would happen years ago, when we first learned of plans to close the North Klang bus terminal and build a flyover through the centre of town.

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MRT Update: Perkasa claims MMC-Gamuda is blocking Bumi companies for MRT project (Update #1)

Update: Prasarana MD Shahril Mokhtar has denied the allegation! from Perkasa!

TRANSIT took note of this very surprising (but not wholly unexpected) statement from Perkasa, a Malay-rights organization headed by MP Ibrahim Ali, claiming that MMC-Gamuda was blocking Bumi companies in the MRT project.

This is in response to complaints mentioned in the Malaysian media recently that some contractors felt “left out” by the scale of the project.

Of course it is one thing to have a massively scaled project that is beyond the reach of some companies – but the allegations of ‘blocking’ constitute a different set of issues – issues that we wish were handled properly.

Is this a systematic ‘blocking’ as alleged by Perkasa, or just good business practices by Prasarana? Or something else entirely? We will have to wait and see the response

But hey, this is an update related to the MRT project – so it might as well be discussed here on Malaysia’s Public Transport Forum.

MMC-Gamuda blocking Bumi companies in MRT project, says Perkasa (The Malaysian Insider)
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
April 21, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — There’s an “evil” attempt by MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd to deny Bumiputera contractors opportunities in the Klang Valley mass rapid transit (MRT) project, several Malay groups allege.

Perkasa, along with NGOs of Bumiputera entrepreneurs, today accused the project delivery partner (PDP) for the MRT project of enforcing “strict” conditions which disallowed Bumiputera participation and only benefitted “rich Non-bumis.”

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Public transport planning in Johor moving ahead

TRANSIT took note of this article which mentions the plan to build an integrated transport hub in Bandar Seri Alam, Johor, which would include commuter rail, feeder bus and taxi services.

The commuter rail will connect residents of the Eastern Gate of the Iskandar Development Region with JB via the new Kempas Sentral railway hub at Kempas Baru, which is described as being several times bigger than KL Sentral.

New transport hub in Johor (The Star)
Friday March 18, 2011

PASIR GUDANG: An integrated transportation hub would be built in Bandar Seri Alam township here to serve residents in the Eastern Gate Development Zone.

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Cabbies who were like thugs

TRANSIT was again shocked when we took note of this article, describing harassment and assault by taxi drivers at the Bukit Jalil terminal.

Cabbies who were like thugs (The Star)
I AM a foreigner who is disabled. I normally use a wheelchair to get around.

As you know, Malaysia is not very wheelchair-friendly at the moment and I get about with great difficulty using a stick.

Recently, I had an operation and still have a wound in my abdomen.

At around 11pm on Wednesday, I arrived at the Bukit Jalil LRT station in Kuala Lumpur rather exhausted after a long day.

I tried to get a taxi to go to Arena Green a short distance away but the taxi drivers refused.

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Traffic mayhem continues in Brickfields

TRANSIT took note of this article which describes a complaint about continued traffic mayhem in Brickfields, despite the change to 1-way operation on Jalan Tun Sambanthan as well as increased amounts of parking space.

Check out the double parking – now on both sides of Jalan Tun Sambanthan!

Brickfields traffic mayhem (Malay Mail)
Police pledge sustained action as complaints mount
Faizal Nor Izham
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Double parking on both sides of Jalan Tun Sambanthan affects private vehicles and public transport users. Image courtesy of the Malay Mail.

AN all-out swoop on those who contribute to the chaotic traffic condition in Brickfields is the only way to solve the problem, suggests BALJIT SINGH. 

He says while the authorities should bear the blame for poor planning, motorists should change their mindset for an effective solution to a long-standing problem.

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LRT Update: Residents worried about LRT impact

TRANSIT took note of this article in The Star Metro, in which residents of Bandar Kinrara 3 in Puchong expressed their concern over the LRT routing through their area.

Residents worried about LRT impact (The Star)
26 February 2011

RESIDENTS of Bandar Kinrara 3 in Puchong, who were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the LRT in their area are shocked to know that the final rail alignment will see the clearing of trees in a small buffer zone separating their homes from the Bukit Jalil Highway.

In the limelight: Residents propose that instead of building the LRT line in an area that is filled with green and acts as a buffer zone, Prasarana should instead build the line in the middle of the highway. Image courtesy of The Star.
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What is ahead for Malaysian stage bus operators in 2011? (Updated with Poll!)

Updated with another totally unscientific poll! See the bottom of this post!

For many years, TRANSIT has been concerned about the state of the bus industry in Malaysia as well as the impact on public transport services throughout the country.

On 11 February, the Pan Malaysian Bus Operators’ Association (PMBOA) submitted a memorandum to the government asking that the government take over all bus services in the country, or alternatively, provide “grants” to sustain their businesses. Otherwise, the PMBOA warns that the public transport industry in Malaysia could collapse!

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TRANSIT says, “thanks for the love!” (3,830 views on 14 February 2011)

TRANSIT wishes to thank the public for their feedback and attention to public transport issues over the past few years.

We have developed a wonderful community of people who are interested in improving transport in general (and public transport in particular) in the Klang Valley & Malaysia.

On 14 February 2011, the day after the MRT Open Day, TRANSIT recorded our highest website views ever in one day, at 3,830 views. Average page views are now at 1000 views daily over the past year.

We are humbled and thankful for all the “love” that we have received and of course, we will continue to do our best to raise public awareness about transport in general and public transport in particular.

We also need the best from our viewers and readers. Please, tell your friends about TRANSIT. Please, comment in our posts and share your comments with the relevant authorities. Please, give us feedback so we can keep doing what we do best – working hard to make sure that we have the best public transport system for the Klang Valley & Malaysia.

TRANSIT is Malaysia’s Public Transport Forum – all because of you!