I really laugh reading that mahathir is the father of modern transportation.All countries regardless led by dictator or not will naturally develop its pubic transport.Do you know that North Korea and even Iran have their own Metro system.
The LRTs and KTMs may have been built during Mahathir time but they are all inefficient and more oriented to distributing the dough between cronies.
KL initially had a KTM system, two LRT system and a monorail line all operated by different OPERATORS!!
This is followed by bankruptcy of the LRT operators and the monorail company became bankrupt last year,now all except KTM come under RapidKL.
The money spent to cover these cronies asses could have provided fleets of buses for Ipoh and severall Malaysian cities!!Mahathir would have to do more than that to be called father of modern transportation in Malaysia.
As an avid memeber of skyscrapercity.com and even ktmrailwayfan, many agree that transportation became worse than pre-Mahathir years when Mahathir assumed power.This is all thanks to Proton.It's possible that Mahathir deliberately allowed public transportation to rot so that Proton could survive.
A PIECE OF MY MIND
First of all, Dr Mahathir is not a dictator. He was democratically elected by UMNO to be President and effectively, the PM of Malaysia. Dr Mahathir won all elections except one only as MP.
When he was Prime Minister for 22 years, he led Barisan Nasional to election victories with 2/3 majorities at least in all of the editions.
How then can you link Tun Dr Mahathir to be a dictator? Well your statements saying that all the operators of LRT, KTM and Monorail have different operators only show that Malaysia promotes competition where competition ensures an efficient allocation of resources be it capital, materials or labor.
Assuming Dr Mahathir allowed only one developer to build the KTM system, the two LRT system and the monorail line, what will Tun be described as? Tun will be at the receiving end of cronyism, dictatorship etc.
The company and the board of directors that received the contract to develop transportation in Malaysia will be labeled as cronies of Tun or a proxy to enrich Tun’s wallet.However, bear in mind. These did not happen. Tun spread out the wealth and the contract for there to be competition and also had in mind the concern for the income disparities of groups.
Malaysia is not a dictatorial state. If Dr M was a dictator, and comparing your ideas with North Korea and Iran’s development, I believe Tun would have turned Malaysia into a metropolitan state comparable to those like Singapore and Japan – at least in Kuala Lumpur.
Transportation became worst under Tun? I guess you have been under a cult that paints the wrong picture. Proton was subsidized by the Government.
Is that wrong? Look at United States of America, the country where everyone says is a country of freedom and free market. They always promote the idea of free market and whoever can’t compete, should let those who can. Look at the hypocrisy of the West. They are now bailing out the firms that total to about USD 1.4 trillion now.
And their Government’s public debt is at least USD 10 trillion. If you say we are wrong in subsidizing Proton, look at the European Union.
They subsidize the agricultural industry annually under the Common Agricultural Policy that sums up to 44% of the European Union budget.
What about Airbus and Boeing? Do I need to write an article about the handicaps that the Governments of US and EU put on their beloved “pet projects” against the rest of the world?
I need not, I am sure.
Tun did not deliberately make the transportation of Malaysia to be like this. Public transport is not as optimal as the developed countries.
But mind you, Malaysia is still listed as a developing/contender country. Look at Thailand and Vietnam. They are even worst.
Of course, under the new Budget, the Government has allocated a large sum to make Malaysia’s transportation system comparable to other overseas models.
In my opinion, the main reason for Malaysia’s dilemma in transportation system is not due to Proton as described by your primitive thinking.
It is largely due to the substitutability of the public transportation system where price of vehicle fuel is very low as a percentage of real disposable income as compared to the economies in other world. Please don’t come and tell me Saudi Arabia or Brunei because we are not as well endowed in oil as they are.
In places like United Kingdom and Australia, people do their grocery shopping weekly or fortnightly. However in Malaysia, we drive our cars out to the market daily to get stuff.
I have to admit, that at times, I drive my car out just to have a bowl of noodles, alone, or at times just to buy a few stuff like butter and oil. Is that efficient? We do not bother much about these because the price of petrol is not that significant.
The substitutability of public transport with personal transport as well as the lack of demand pressures on public transportation has contributed to Malaysia’s dilemma now.
Whatever it is, I respect your views. In fact, we should respect the diversity of views. And I thank you for placing a comment here and look forward to have further discussion or debates with you.