We do need to fix Rapid KL. We do need on time busses, bus schedules etc. Government of Malaysia promised us RM 4 billion for better public transports. But I don't think it ever became a reality with reasons being "higher subsidy bill for petrol". For those who have been to overseas, we are all envy of the accuracy of public transports in terms of time and location.
Busses in Canberra and Sydney are so accurate in their time that once I was late for the bus by 30 seconds and I never boarded it cause it was already gone. Had to wait for another one. But in KL Sentral, when the time says 4pm for a bus to Subang, it might even arrive at 4.30pm or 5pm.
But that is not the main issue. Days, months and years have passed. Skip the damn paperwork Datuk Seri. Skip the Cabinet approvals etc. You are given a portfolio and placed in charge of the public transportation systems.
We have seen far too many issues with busses. I have sat in busses going over 120km, but some busses drive within 110km. The good busses I always travel with are Sri Maju (the one which Michelle Yeoh's dad owns) and Perak Roadways (heard its owned by a Dato Tajuddin if I am not mistaken).
And the latest news in The Star was troubling enough to hear. Some of my friends are close to one of the victims and it was a sad and tragic news. I have a friend who even booked an urgent flight back today from Australia to KL to pay his respects. I am so sad to see lives lost just like that.
Datuk Seri, enforce laws. Tell JPJ that the RM50 in wallets of the officers can wait. Use all the workforce and check the summonses of bus drivers. About 30 passengers put their lives on 1 single driver. And these drivers had summonses running into pages ? It seems to me the Ministry of Transport have their hands full on the aviation industry.
Perhaps they can use the aviation regulation and enforce it on the roads. Make sure these bus drivers have minimum wages so that they don't rush their busses here and there to make more trips and earn more bucks. When that is done, get the drivers' ethics and qualifications to be as good as the pilots.
Now, your experience in dealing with Air Asia, MAS, JetStar and SIA surely is helpful enough. And I believe too much time was spent there too!!! So take some cleanser, wash your face, take a refreshing bath and get to the desk to do some work Datuk Seri. Get all your staff and JPJ officers to be on the road and fix things right.
I can't say that you are not doing a good job. You are doing a good job and improving some systems. Rome wasn't built in a day. But lives are at stake here. Get the secretary to do the paperwork, get the lawyers to read it, get an emergency meeting in Parliament if it is to be a legislation. Forget about the elections. Forget about DAP, PAS or anybody. Just get it done. Fax it nationwide. Tell all officers to gather all bus drivers and check them all out.
Chinese New Year is coming soon. We all know how famous PUDU is with their 'bus potong'. Illegal busses, poor drivers and impatient drivers will be out. They will all want to rush their journeys, make more trips and earn more bucks in a day. More lives to be sacrificed? I certainly don't like that.
No CNY or holidays for the Cabinet of Malaysia. If there's a need to discuss in the meeting, get it done right away. This is a national emergency. We are all frustrated. And you will definitely not like an election to be held when voters are frustrated.
Make sure you give a ring to the Finance Ministry or whoever is in charged of accounting regulations. Get these bus companies some visits by tax officers and police. Get auditors and accountants there too. I believe bus companies should now produce social responsibility reports or sustainability reports. Let us know how many bus accidents were there, how "clean" are your drivers' backgrounds on the road, how many breakdowns, the number of summonses and whatever is necessary.
You know what I mean Datuk Seri. There are many things you guys in the Ministry can think of and implement. The public do not need to tell you. And we certainly do not want to hear
- Oh we will discuss this in the Cabinet
- This needs Cabinet and Parliament approval
- It is beyond our control , we can't control everything
- We will look into it
- No comments
Forget the red tape and approvals or meetings. Fix it now Datuk Seri !