KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Januari 1983 --  Orang ramai menaiki bas mini di Lebuh Ampang di sini, hari ini. -- fotoBERNAMA HAKCIPTA TERPELIHARA.

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me who have fond memories of the Bas Mini, the little Mercedes-Benz buses (pink in my time) that were ubiquitous in the 80s and 90s. Often driven like they were stolen, and packed to the door grips, mini buses weren’t very comfortable (or safe, come to think of it), but they offered fast and cheap service to the masses. I used to hang out of the No.32 bus to Taman Cheras a.k.a Yulek. What was yours?

Mini buses were phased out in 1998 and replaced by the long, low-riding Intrakota buses, a precursor to today’s modern Rapid KL buses. An impressive sight back then, Intrakota buses looked like they belonged to the new millennium, and were air conditioned, but they were also slower and less frequent.

Now, a public transport advocate has called for the return of mini bus as part of the last mile connectivity solution, reported by The Sun. Last mile refers to the final link between the train station and one’s home.

“We should bring back the mini bus to transport people for high frequency and reliable services,” said Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents liaison manager Y.S. Chan at the Land Public Transport Symposium 2015, organised by Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). He mooted the idea during the session titled “The first and last mile connectivity: How do we make it better”.

“We all remember how good it was even though there was some concern over the safety, level of services and its business model. It is high time we bring it back, this time as feeder services at urban areas especially from the LRT, KTM and MRT stations,” added Chan, who has experience in the automotive and transport industry.

SPAD’s response? Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the mini bus idea may sound interesting but it requires thorough consideration. “We have to look into its business model and whether the local councils in the country would be willing to agree to this idea,” the SPAD chairman said.

Do you agree that the mini bus is the last mile solution for Klang Valley today, with the MRT network coming up fast? Yes or no, check out the gallery below to recall how it was like back in the old days. Nostalgic, for those who relied on those manic machines before.