SUFFER NO MORE: Build Us An Efficient Public Transportation System ASAP sign now

SUFFER NO MORE: Build Us An Efficient Public Transportation System As Soon As Possible

With the whopping fuel hike of June 4 2008, the nation is now plunged into the epicenter of spiraling inflation; this additional burden further aggravates an already difficult time to make ends meet. We now fear that our familys income can be further threatened if my employer could not take the financial stress of rising cost; I would lose my job or face a salary cut in the very near future.

When that happens, my familys livelihood would be put under immediate danger. Not only we worry about the danger of hunger and losing our shelters, we are also worried sick about the increasing crime and security dangers when more and people lose their jobs and have to fight to survive.

We, the Rakyat, are ready to adjust but we need the government to put in place the necessary conditions to enable this adjustment or change to take place. As such, we ask you to communicate immediately this dire and painful situation we are in to the government and ask the authorities to take immediate actions on the following:

1. In order to prevent and to stop the economy to go into a major contraction, speedily put in place a comprehensive plan to help businesses, especially the SMIs to cushion the financial impact of the fuel hike; help businesses to migrate to the higher energy cost over a period of 3 years so minimum disruptions will happen to employment. We need to save our jobs before we could adjust to a more efficient lifestyle.

2. We know the importance of cutting use of fuel by switching on to more efficient transport or using lower cost fuel or fuel-efficient vehicles. For the benefit of the middle class, especially the lower middle class, the government focus and expedite the effort to put in place an integrated network of pubic transportation system to enable the average wage earners, petty traders and students to save on their transportation expenses.

In all of Malaysia, there is no efficient system of public transport that allows the Rakyat to adjust to a less car-dependent lifestyle. The following must be given top priority with a blueprint for action and timetable for completion:

a. Make available small and feeder buses that help the Rakyat to get to the main arteries of Rapid Bus and Subway Lines. If these routes are not profitable, help the operators with subsidy.

b. Increase the efficiency of the existing Subway Lines and Rapid Buses, reconfigure the routes and road system to enable faster and smoother flow.

c. Train and qualify bus drivers properly to ensure they are competent and professional to ensure safety of the passengers. Ensure the safety of public transportation paths, with help support in case of accidents and emergencies.

d. Provide free, safe, well lit and clean parking lots for cars, motorbikes and bicycles at strategic and high density entry points to the main transportation arteries.

e. Work with local authorities to ensure bicycle paths are repaired and installed to allow cyclists its own feeder link to the main transportation links; build rain shelters and plant trees along these paths to provide shade and protection against rain and storms, take care to ensure these shelters are lightning proof.

f. Build well equipped free pubic bathrooms and make it mandatory for buildings to include public baths to enable ordinary wage earners to take a shower upon arrival should they decide to cycle to work.

g. Whenever and wherever found to be more effective and efficiently implemented, devolve the power to the state governments and/or local municipal authorities to implement the above. It would be faster and more effective to achieve an efficient public transportation web if the resources and power are devolved to the state level; while the Federal government supports with regulation, expertise and advisory.

3. Make available low interest loans from finance companies and private banks for cars to be converted to run on gas. Increase the number of NGV filing stations in key concentration of populations within the next 6 months, making the average wait for filling gas to be less than 10 minutes. Franchise the NGV stations to private landowners so there would be no issues of land acquisition. With gas at RM0.64 per liter compared to RM2.70 per liter for petrol, the savings can help many businesses and individuals to cushion the impact of stagnation of income and inflation (stagflation), and help the country avoid a major crisis.

4. On the macro level, we want the Government to make a determined effort in reviewing the tolled roads and the traffic flows in all Malaysian cities as well as to critically examine toll collection to reduce the burden on the Rakyat. Since service cannot be improved by the existing operator/s, in addition, we expect the government to rationalize and liberalize the transportation market as soon as possible to allow competition to drive efficiency.

5. All infrastructures related to transport, logistics as well as energy flow, including gas pipelines must be made to work to the maximum to justify the investment in them. The spending from allocation must be worked on to yield efficiency and productivity.

6. The New Task Force to manage this task must be given Key Performance Index (KPI) to guide performance. As this matter is one of critical national importance, the government must ensure the right expertises are gathered to do the job, and anyone not performing on the job must be replaced.

Yang Berhormat, a national crisis of mega proportion is brewing, we want you to work to stop this, get organized and return a peaceful and secure life to us all. Lets make sure that the nation will not plunge into chaos by acting promptly in a crisis mode.

Ask the government to give this looming crisis its top priority and mobilize the entire government machinery to achieve the new infrastructure in the shortest time possible.

"People are The Boss"


Pahlawan Volunteers and The Undersigned
A Malaysian Voluntary and Advocacy Group
- From conviction to action

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