Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says that the government will ensure that all projects, including those in the public transportation sector, will be implemented as planned with minimal or no delays, The Sun reports.

“We are committed to ensure all plans go well,” he said, adding that while the public transport system needed to keep pace with the nation’s progress, it had to be done in a manner that was sustainable and eco-friendly.

Addressing delegates at the 16th International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Asia Pacific Assembly being held in KL, he highlighted the progress Malaysia had made in expanding and upgrading its public transportation network and listed a number of projects that were already running or were in the process of being completed.

These include the opening of phase 1 of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line in December this year, which will see 12 stations being operational, as well as the completion of phase 2 in July 2017, which will add another 30 stations and 30 km of travel.

Also on the cards are the Putrajaya Urban Rail project and a second Bus Rapid Transit project for the Klang Valley. In the case of the latter, the 34 km-long, 25 station KL-Klang BRT line will be up and running by 2018. Completed projects include the LRT Line Extension Project, which begins operating later this year, as well as the implementation of the Stage Bus Service transformation programme in 11 major cities across the country.

In an earlier report, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had stated that the public transport system of a country was its backbone and that an efficient and reliable system needs to be in place to ensure progress. He said that with an urbanisation rate of 60%, a proper public transport system in the country is both a necessity and a government priority.