Perak Transit and myBAS Ipoh, the first myBAS in Malaysia, have started using the cashless system which is in line with government policy.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the implementation of the cashless system was aimed at improving the quality of bus services by ensuring reliable, comfortable, safe and meet the needs of the locals.
“This is a good initiative and the government wants to urge bus companies to get all public transport operators, especially buses nationwide, to take steps to implement the cashless payment system.
"The government is working to transform the economy into a digital economy and that is why the government has set aside an allocation of RM450 million for registering 15 million Malaysians to use e-wallets or eWallet," he said.
He said this to reporters after launching the use of the Touch 'N Go system during the launch of the Silver' Trans Go Touch 'N Go Go System and myBAS at the Amanjaya Terminal, here today.
However, he said, when commenting on cashlessness, the government should also provide more clarification and clarification to the community, especially the rural community.
“There may be many who are not yet familiar with the concept of cash which does not mean that it is not profitable but that it is used by money through a digital system in which acceptance and payment are used digitally.
“There are many benefits to using the system when it comes to public transport which can reduce operating costs especially for bus operators and even for consumers it is seen as easier to deal with because it does not have to wait long if the operators do not have the small money.
"Through this system, anyone on the bus just needs to touch the card and it may have other issues like the card has no balance or the like but I believe this can be resolved," he said.
Through the system, he hopes that consumers will be able to adapt to it and he is also confident that the introduction of the system will improve public transport efficiency in the country.
He added that for any operator who receives a subsidy from the government, there is a condition already in the joint agreement.
“Operators need to set up this cashless payment system and we will give them a period where this period is not too long so they can use the system.
"I would like to emphasize today that when we ask operators to implement the system, it does not involve significant costs as many cashless companies are willing to work with operators to jointly implement a cashless payment system.
"This is something that we hope to achieve and this is one of the conditions where if they don't do it we will review the subsidy through the company," he said.
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