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Govt seeking fresh proposals to improve last mile connectivity: Loke

23 Aug 2019 / 15:41 H.

GEORGE TOWN: The Transport Ministry is seeking for fresh proposals from concessionaires to provide road connectivity between residential areas with main terminals of public transport services throughout the country.

Its Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook (pix) said that the “last mile” connectivity is the missing link in the government’s quest to provide a comprehensive public transport system, which connect all residential areas with public transport hubs

“I know the public may refrain from taking public transport as it may not be available in their neighbourhoods. This is why we want connectivity between their homes and to the public transport hubs, so that they don’t have walk far.”

Currently, there are ride sharing services providing last mile connectivity, but cost factors may deter some commuters from using it.

“So, the ministry is seeking alternative ways,” Loke said after launching the Mutiara Pass Cards for Rapid Penang stage bus and Rapid Ferry services here.

Meanwhile, commenting on the proposed Gojek ride sharing motorcycle services, Loke said that more studies needed to be conducted before it comes into operation.

He said that there are safety and cultural issues such as concerns voiced by religious experts that it encourages close proximity between the rider and passenger, especially if the latter is a female.

“Secondly, there is the fare structure but most importantly, it is the safety standards,” Loke admitted.

“I did raise concerns about the safety earlier but the Cabinet has approved the service. Once the cabinet approves, every member must abide by its directive.”

Loke said that an efficient public transport mode is the best approach in reducing the daily congestion that the country faces.

Loke also said that the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) is investigating the reasons behind the technical glitch which forced 20 flights to be affected at the KLIA International Airport on Thursday.

He expects a report from MAHB soon.

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