Be more peo­ple-cen­tric, trans­port play­ers told

> We need to be more re­spon­sive to pop­u­la­tion change: Na­jib

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH

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.

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