Friday, February 5, 2016

Kuala Lumpur residents call for more free buses, shaded walkways

The Star Online: "“The journey is less than half an hour and I am sure people will not mind walking if there was a proper shaded walkway.

“Proper walkways can help reduce the number of cars on the road,” he said.

He highlighted that densely populated areas such as Kajang, Puchong and Subang Jaya were not equipped with shaded walkways, making residents less reluctant to walk instead of driving their cars over a short distance or using public transport which would require them to walk from the rail station or bus stop to their destination.
...Upen macro section and privatisation deputy director Mohd Yazid Sairi said the Selangorku buses serviced five areas — Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Kajang, Klang and Ampang Jaya — at a cost of RM12.5mil.

He added that the network would be expanded as there had been more requests for the free bus service."

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Singapore politely, quietly, joins the war against cars

Channel NewsAsia: "SINGAPORE: The aim is to have three in four commuters choose public transport as their main mode of travel by 2030, a proportion rising to 85 per cent by the 2050s. To make this "car-lite" vision come to pass, the Government will invest a projected S$36 billion in public transport expenditure over the next 5 years, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

Citing a 1975 speech by the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Khaw said on Thursday (Jan 21) that the objective is "a city pleasant, green and cool, and safety and convenience for the pedestrian"."

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Malaysia - Free Public Transport a solution to high road-death rate

Malaysiakini: "Malaysia is only four years away from reaching 2020, and if the high road deaths continues, it could possibly ruin our chances of achieving the developed country status. Currently, the 23 out 100,000 people are killed on the roads in Malaysia, compared to developed countries such as Sweden with only three out of 100,000 people; and five or less the UK, the Netherlands, in Australia or Japan.

And all these countries have one thing in common - their cities have cheap, safe, and reliable public transportation."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November 20, 2015 - Lin Wanfeng: to implement on all routes armor temporarily introduction of free bus - Local News - Malacca - Nanyang Network

Local News - Malacca - Nanyang Network: ""If implemented, in order to comply with the fair, it will be fully free, rather than specific routes for free.""

[via google translate]

2015年11月20日 - 林万锋:要落实就全部路线 甲暂不推行免费巴士 - 地方新闻 - 马六甲 - 南洋网

2015年11月20日 - 林万锋:: "郑国球在州议会发表休会演词时说,免费公巴服务将带来诸多好处,包括吸引公众使用公共交通,减少繁忙时段及假期的交通堵塞,改善市区停车位不足的情况。

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bangkok creating more bureaucracy to undercut #freetransit program

The Nation: ""The government isn't thinking of cancelling free bus/train services, but PM Prayut wants it to truly aid low-income persons and for the budget management to be financially efficient," he said. "

Friday, November 13, 2015

West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya

@nafeezahmed middleeasteye: "The State Department report focuses on the need for Myanmar to continue neoliberal “economic reforms” to open up the country to foreign investors.

Rather than acknowledging the junta’s culpability, the document makes passing reference to “political violence,” characterised ‘neutrally’ as “anti-government insurgent activity in various locations,” and “inter-communal violence… between Buddhists and Muslims”.

A report by the UK government’s department for Trade and Investment (UKTI) was similarly breathless: “Burma is estimated to possess 3.2 billion barrels of oil and 18 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves… Its unproven resources may be vastly greater.”

These resources make Burma “among the world’s top fifth nations in terms of its proven reserves”."