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Crowdsourcing for Budget 2014

The Malaysian Government is crowdsourcing ideas for the 2014 budget at http://www.1malaysia.com.my/bajet2014.

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.

How do we resolve parking and congestion problems in the city centre? By building better alternatives to driving (Update #1)

The worst cities in the world for parking, according to IBM. Image & data courtesy of IBM.

Our original post:

For 5 years and in fact, many more, the members of TRANSIT have been talking about improving public transportation to bring flexibility to our communities.

We recognize the importance of the car, but unlike others, we recognize that our communities do not have to be totally dependent on the car as our only means of getting around.

That is why we at TRANSIT have continuously called for better, more reliable public transport – buses, trains and LRT – to give the public reliable alternatives.

The problem is that the focus of the government and authorities has been on building more LRT or MRT. Yet they forget that a majority of public transport users get to KL via buses – and the fastest, easiest way to get more people to use public transport is to make buses more reliable, faster, and more efficient.

This would encourage the public to use public transport, rather than attempting to drive into the city – creating unnecessary pressure on our roads, an artificial shortage of parking spaces, and a pointless and wasteful use of precious space in our city centre for the storage of cars.

Parking blues in city centre (NST)
24 February 2012
By Bhavani Krishna Iyer

CONVENIENT and affordable parking is welcome in any city and, in this respect, Kuala Lumpur fails us miserably. Continue reading How do we resolve parking and congestion problems in the city centre? By building better alternatives to driving (Update #1)

We’re already Malaysia’s public transport forum

TRANSIT took note of a very interesting article about the plan of the Land Public Transport Commission (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat or SPAD) to create a Land Public Transport Forum.

The forum will discuss public transport issues

Forum to help public air views on SPAD (NST)
13 January 2012

By Nuradzimmah Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: A Land Public Transport Forum will be set up in March.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief executive officer Mohd Nur Kamal said the forum would serve as a platform for the public to channel their views to the commission.

“Before it is set up, it is important to decide what form this forum will take, whether as an advisory panel, a society or a company.

[TRANSIT: And that is what we at TRANSIT have been talking about, for more than 3 years now.]

Continue reading We’re already Malaysia’s public transport forum

TRANSIT at the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Metropolis Conference 12-13 December 2011

TRANSIT was invited to speak at the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Metropolis Conference on 12-13 December 2011

Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Metropolis Conference 2011

Brochure: PnC Conference Brochure (Final version)

Presentation: Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Metropolis Conference 2011

TRANSIT Says:

We wonder what else can be done to encourage active transportation. How about intermodal transport encouraged by bus-mounted bicycle racks such as the Sport Works transit collection.

Bicycle rack image courtesy of SportWorks.

Not to mention, the advantage of having a cycle-sharing program:

A Capital Bike Share bicycle mounted on a Capital Circulator bus. Image courtesy of Sport Works.

Here are the top reasons to add transit racks.

Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

Updated with comments from TRANSIT!

TRANSIT has taken note of a series of articles in Free Malaysia Today, detailing an interview with SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar.

TRANSIT will reserve our comments until the entire series is posted. In the meantime you can find links to the articles (3 at the time of this posting) after the jump:

Update: TRANSIT had reserved our comments and then got so busy we didn’t have time to make these comments. But we are ready now! Continue reading Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

The KTM Debate: Should the railway sector be opened up to “competition”?

TRANSIT took note of this interesting letter by C.R. of Kuala Lumpur, who discusses the recent protest by the Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM), which included warnings of a “work-to-rule” campaign & potential disruption of Balik Kampung / Hari Raya Aidilfitri travel.

C.R. argues that it might be time to open up the Railway sector to increased competition.

TRANSIT will tell you what we think about the proposal, but first, read the letter:

Railway services: Time to open up sector (NST)
2011/08/11
C.R., Kuala Lumpur

THE government has invested billions of ringgit in the double track project to enhance the capacity of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s operations.

The recent threat by the Railwaymen’s Union to work to rule, therefore, is cause for concern.

The government should not be held to ransom by a small group of union members.
Continue reading The KTM Debate: Should the railway sector be opened up to “competition”?

MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

TRANSIT has taken note of another burgeoning controversy, highting complaints & protests over land acquisition along Jalan Sultan in “Chinatown”, KL, as part of the Sg. Buloh – Kajang MRT project.

We have redesigned our post on this topic to present the most recent articles we have seen so far on this issue. The original post follows the articles. Continue reading MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

SPAD: Don’t politicize public transport. TRANSIT: Too late, the train has left the station.

TRANSIT took note of an interesting set of comments from SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar, in which he warned public transport operators not to politicize issues with public transport. But as you can see from our analysis, his comments may come too late.

Two recent events and a few others have demonstrated to us that a political connection to public transport issues is already alive and well in Malaysia.

Most recently we have observed the KL & Selangor Taxi Drivers’ Welfare Association rally in PJ this past weekend, in which they made public their 10 resolutions to the government. The rally was attended by members of the Pakatan Rakyat … one of whom noted the importance of taxi drivers in political campaigning.

Also on the taxi front, a massive protest was held last weekend at the Larkin terminal by taxi drivers unhappy with the new coupon system … and apparently a SPAD official was punched several times.

NOTE: It is important that TRANSIT says right now that We do not condone or accept violence of any kind, and we believe that the police should immediately investigate the police report filed by the SPAD official … the message needs to get out that discussion & open dialogue is the way forward, not violence.

Last week of course the KTM Railwaymen’s Union sent a letter of protest to Prime Minister Najib Razak over the reappointment of KTMB President Dr. Aminuddin Adnan, and warned the PM that RUM members could be encouraged to vote strategically in any upcoming election.

There is a flipside, of course. One can hardly separate Prime Minister Najib’s Economic Transformation Programme projects and Government Transformation Programme “National Key Result Areas” (both of which involve public transport improvements) from politics since they are a demonstration of government policy (even if that policy and the action plans are somewhat unclear) as well as party politics.

Our main point is this: protests like the ones described above, combined with Syed Hamid’s protestations below, are leaving us to wonder how clear the government’s ETP/GTP/NKRA proposals for improving public transport really is to the other stakeholders in the industry … and whether or not they are on side with the proposals.

SPAD chairman: Don’t politicise public transport issues (The Star)

1 August 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Public transport issues should not be politicised by any quarters, said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

He said public transport issues touched on public interests and it was the Government’s responsibility to provide a public transport service that was more efficient and met the people’s needs. Continue reading SPAD: Don’t politicize public transport. TRANSIT: Too late, the train has left the station.

LRT Update: Kelana Jaya LRT extension ’80 per cent approved’ – nearly 2 years later

TRANSIT took note of some recent articles on the LRT extension projects which state that the local governments have more or less agreed to the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT extensions.

However, TRANSIT notes that some of the issues regarding the LRT extension routes continue to crop up – either they were not properly resolved, or certain people are just not happy with the resolution.

As always, TRANSIT reminds our readers that there are many sides to every story. In this case, look for at least 4 sides. Continue reading LRT Update: Kelana Jaya LRT extension ’80 per cent approved’ – nearly 2 years later

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.

Click here for a larger version of the image above.

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)

Click here to see a larger version of the image above. Continue reading MRT Update: MyRapidTransit launching & public viewing on 8 July 2011 at KL Convention Centre (Update#1)