Be more people-centric, transport players told
> We need to be more responsive to population change: Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has called on public transport operators as well as the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to be more commuter-centric and responsive to demographic changes when implementing transport plans.
“In envisioning Malaysia as a modernised nation with liveability status equivalent to that of other developed countries, we need to shift tracks.
“For example, examining the burgeoning trend of private vehicles heading into Kuala Lumpur city every day and the rising urban migration patterns, we know that we are only a few years away from witnessing one huge, gridlocked ‘carpark’.
“This is not a future we want for this country,” he said when launching SPAD’s five-year report, exhibition and symposium at KL Convention Centre yesterday.
Najib said since SPAD’s establishment in 2010, its annual surveys revealed that customer satisfaction towards land public transport in Malaysia had increased from 48% in 2010 to 74% last year.
“The study also showed consumers are most satisfied with rail services such as the LRT, KTM and ERL. This is one of the key reasons why rail has been identified as the backbone for urban public transport.”
Najib said despite the challenging economic times, projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan will go on. “Key projects like the mass rapid transit (MRT) and highspeed rail (HSR) from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore will proceed.”
Also present at the event were Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) CEO Datuk Idris Jala.
Najib, flanked by Liow and Syed Hamid, examines an illuminated graphic plan of Kuala Lumpur's rail connectivity at the event. Looking on (right, back row) is Idris.