Thumbs up for single agency proposal

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Thumbs up for single agency proposal

Postby admin » Wed May 28, 2008 2:04 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The ministries and agencies involved in the land transport industry support the proposed single agency. But who should run this agency?
Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said the Public Transport Committee in the cabinet provided a good platform for the industry to progress.

"But the day-to-day operations should be handled by the proposed agency."

Ong was all for a single agency as he felt the present system had disintegrated, causing confusion within the industry and the people.

"I buy the idea because it will provide better planning and it will also be hassle- free," he added.
CVLB chairman Datuk Markiman Kobiran said the proposed single agency was feasible. However, it also had its pros and cons.

He said this was because the government had to ensure that all races had a fair share in running the public transport industry.

He said other developed countries such as Singapore and London had such agencies handling land transport matters.

"But here, we have to look into the details before creating such an agency."

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, who is responsible for planning and improving traffic and public transport in the city, welcomed the integration of the land transport industry.

He wanted the integrated body to be responsible for the infrastructure and administration of the public transport industry in the city.

He said cities like Tokyo had successfully introduced the "Modern City Concept" which looked after all aspects of public transport including the rail, bus, taxi and underground management system.

"If we want the city to be developed, we will have to run it under an integrated system," he said.

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