Thinking of buying a car? Hold that thought please because Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has an attractive option for you! Instead of paying car loan and buying gasoline, try taking public transport next year as all ride fares would have a flat rate of RM100 a month.
Yes! Say no more to car loan burden and complain of fuel prices. RM100 is a huge saving! Remember, ride-hailing apps are still available if public transport can’t take you there.
According to The Edge, Loke announced the good news when answering a question from Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin. Loke said, “the monthly pass is to encourage more people to use the MRT as well as buses which are already available.”
Unlimited Monthly Public Transportation Pass was a pledge from Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto and previously (Jun 1), Loke said the ministry had to study, determine areas the government has to subsidize, and bring the issue for a discussion in the Cabinet before it could be implemented. He cited that the pledge was done without having the access to government figures and rolling out such initiative would have huge financial implications, FMT reported.
Now that it’s confirmed, the move would surely encourage more Malaysians to switch to public transport to commute to work, thus reducing traffics in the city while improving the air quality as well.
Basing its report on the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), The Star reported that over 600,000 people used Malaysian public transport every day in 2017, a steep 12% increase as compared to 2016. Some netizens urged the ministry to prepare the sudden surge of passengers next year after the flat rate rolled out next year.
Previously, FeedMe Malaysia covered that the Ministry of Transport had initiated an investigation to study the effect of Grab monopolizing the ride-hailing industry since the company had merged with Uber earlier this year. The ministry also planned to give out RM5,000 to traditional cabbies to help them to convert into ride-hailing app drivers instead.
Will Malaysia become a country where people do not need to own a personal vehicle, especially in cities? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.