THE state government’s initiative to continue promoting the usage of public transport among Penangites is hailed by many a resident.
In a state budget tabled by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at State Legislative Assembly today, he said the state had allocated RM10 million to the usage of Best Komtar, CAT Bridge, Mutiara pass bus services and ferry service.
Several people interviewed by Buletin Mutiara gave their thumbs-up to the state’s effort to provide the free bus and ferry services to the people .
Johari Abd Ghani, a blind masseur, expressed his happiness with the state for looking into the plight of its people.
“For example, I am a frequent bus commuter and I am pretty happy that they still carry on such free bus services to the people.
“It’s a timely boost, especially many from the low-income (B40) and middle-income (M40) groups have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“At least, this will encourage more people to commute using public transport and avoid traffic congestion, especially in Penang island during peak hours.
“I feel more buses should be introduced between certain intervals to cater to the number of commuters taking the public transport,” he said.
Lucas Dinnish, a 35-year-old civil servant, also thanked the state for assisting many people, especially those suffering financially during this pandemic.
“People might also park their vehicles elsewhere before boarding bus.
“The state’s effort must be applauded and I hope they can continue to carry on such initiative,” he said.
Tan Liang Hong, who is a civil servant in Komtar, said this effort could reduce the burden on many people during this challenging time.
“I would usually commute by taking the free bus from Perai to the ferry terminal before hopping on to another bus to George Town.
“I don’t need to spend my time driving and I can relax and enjoy the bus ride till the destination.
“I hope the number of buses can be increased,” he added.
Logistician Chang Kah Loon lauded the state’s effort to promote usage of public transport.
“There’s no doubt that state government is very proactive in promoting the public transport service.
“However, the relevant authorities should also conduct research and study how to attract more people to take up public transport,” he said.
Story by Edmund Lee
Pix courtesy of interviewees