Despite the announcements on new road infrastructures under the 2021 Budget, the Malaysian Road and Transportation Safety Association (MRTSA) nevertheless is disappointed with a lack of coverage on road safety.
Its deputy president Harijit Singh said that the budget did not address solutions to road traffic accidents leading to deaths.
“Nothing in the budget to address the daily deaths of 16 to 18 people on our roads.
“The government should look into road safety enforcement and education. There should be specific grants to generate more road safety professionals,” he said in a brief text message today.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Public Transport Users Association (4PAM) president Ajit Johl welcomed the transportation related initiatives to assist the groups in need.
Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz in tabling the 2021 Budget announced that the My30 unlimited travel pass initiative would be continued and expanded to Kuantan and Penang with a total allocation of RM300 million.
He also announced an unlimited monthly travel pass for as low as RM5 be for children to commute to school, and for the disabled.
The pass can be utilised for the Klang Valley Komuter lines, northern sector komuter, Kuala Lipis and Tumpat inter-city train, and the Beaufort-Tenom line in Sabah.
“The travel passes will help the youngsters to utilise the public transportation.
“In the future, we can become a country with good public transportation service,” said Ajit. Nst