Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said that a new financing model for buses that was proposed by the Land Transport Agency (APAD) is still being studied by the government.
He said, “In line with the government’s pledge to provide 10,000 public buses and the National Transport Policy, RM450 million has been allocated under Budget 2020 for 500 electric buses to be distributed throughout the country including Sabah and Sarawak,”.
He said, “Essentially, the ministry has given various subsidies to bus services such as myBAS, therefore this free bus practice needs further consideration,”.
Kamarudin said in general, the initiatives suggested in the Dasar Govt to study implementation of new bus financing model Pengangkutan Negara (DPN) will be taking place holistically in all states nationwide, regardless of location.
“It is included in the five thrusts of DPN, where the first thrust is governance, followed by the efficiency of transport infrastructure, then third with emphasis on security, integration, connectivity, and accessibility.
Meanwhile, on Sabah and Sarawak’s transportation, Kamarudin said for the land sector, the construction of the Pan Borneo highway under the Works Ministry is considered as the main project in relation to East Malaysia.
“The progress of this project is reflected in the 73.5km long road from Serian to Persimpangan Pantu, which is expected to open for traffic by early 2020.
“The project will not only help with improving the construction and tourism industry; it is also expected to increase coverage and efficiency across Sabah and Sarawak,”.
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