Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Public Transport "Key Result Area"

This is a letter that explains itself about the new Prime Minister's announcement on the 6 "Key Result Areas", one of which is on public transport. It is received from TRANSIT, an informal group of citizens grave concerned with this issue.

Dear Editor

RE: Key Results Area - Only a single Performance Condition for public transport?

The announcement made by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for the Key Result area for public transport appears to focus on a single performance indicator, the implementation of 4-carriage LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya line by 2012.

TRANSIT sees this as unacceptable since it only looks at a fraction of the available and important and necessary changes that need to be done for public transport in this country.

By limiting public transport to one easily achievable performance indicator – the 4-carriage LRT trains – Najib has set the bar very, very low on improvements to public transport.

For the record, TRANSIT knows that as many as 5 of the 4-carriage trains have already been constructed and fitted out and at least 2 of these trains have already undergone testing at the Lembah Subang depot. In addition, it has been said that 4-carriage trains will start operating on the Kelana Jaya line by November of this year.

It is time to implement some real challenging performance indicators for public transport. Set the bar higher instead of setting it at a level that can be so easily achieved.

TRANSIT would like to suggest a few other performance indicators that should be introduced along with the 4-carriage LRT trains. It is a basic list that focuses only on the extension and expansion of rapid transit services that exist today, through timely improvements to governance, enforcement and building of infrastructure and purchase of trains and buses.

We feel that it is unjust that a great deal of attention has been focused on the new LRT lines, including the 4-carriage LRT trains, while no attention has been given to the overwhelming problems faced by the KTM Komuter service, which has less than 1/2 of the original fleet of EMU trains operating.

The list we have posted to our website, may seem overwhelming and impossible to achieve at first glance - but we believe that everything on the list is achievable in the timelines given – provided that there is a real political and financial committment from all levels of government and all stakeholder groups.

We have not even considered new services such as bus rapid transit or monorail in other communities, nor have we included the lines proposed in the KL City 2020 Draft Local plan.

We have also not considered basic improvements to bus operations and customer service. These are our rights as customers and should go without saying.


Moaz Yusuf Ahmad
Muhammad Zulkarnain Hamzah
on behalf of TRANSIT


Anonymous said...

This must be the work of the KPI Minister Koh Tsu Koon. Being the worst CM on record for Penang, what can you expect for KPI. And OKT can sleep for the next few years.

Like that also can.

Anonymous said...

yes, i was very disappointed when i saw the KPA/KPI for Public Transport. but of course, we all know why the bar is set so low and why public transport in this country is so that toll operators, parking operators, proton, perodua and AP kings will continue to rake in tonnes of $$$. wanna guess who are behind all those businesses? one things for sure the PUBLIC (Rakyat) is always short changed!! Tony, i hope you will fight for us Rakyat on abolishment of tolls and better public transport.

Anonymous said...

people are comfortable with numbers. Perhaps it is time DAP present their complains (not the right word) in numbers. Which is what Tony is doing on buying back all the toll companies.

Simple numbers and logics for the kampung people. If the government implement this policy, you'll save X amount and it goes into your pocket. talk to their pocket. said...

this is why BN slogan "Malaysia ((Apa Pun)) Boleh"....

today saw the stupid SamyV talking about Kampung Buah Pala... said State government should take care.... How about the LDP highway??? why that time they call FRU to Sunway Pyramid?????

Should Penang State Government Call FRU too??? how many houses in kampung Buah Pala compare the houses in PUCHONG AND PJ?????

SHOULD THE STUPID SamyV take respondsible of it?????????

WHY MACC checking on state government even on a RM375k money expenses compare on a HIGHWAY project?
Why MACC never take ANY action on PKFZ or LDP or any highway? or SUBMARINE???

Anonymous said...

it is no surprise that the kpi was set at nursery level. otherwise ktk will be receiving a lot of bad vibes from fellow ministers. so, quite obvious the kpi was based on matters that was already being implemented or going to be anyhow...making it easier for fellow ministers. then at the end of the day, everyone gets a thumbs up. the rest is needless to say.

Anonymous said...

They are trying to con the Rakyat once again.

Just wonder why people are still so stupid nowadays to believe all the craps in the mainstream media, what a pity!

rodinia said...

i am a voter from tmn megah area and have been looking forward to the new 4 car set when the gomen gave the job to the 'highest bidder' bombardier hartasuma in 2006 with stage delivery in 2008 to 2010.we have not seen any now and hopefully transit is correct but that is still more than a year late!and now otk must have hoodwinked ktk and the public with a new date 2012,a 2 year delay. Msia boleh.