The Transport Ministry is encouraging state governments to suggest ways the public transport system can be improved in their respective states. Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry is always open to ideas and providing assistance and support on such matters, Bernama reports.

He said a good example was Johor, where the ministry was working closely with the state government to look into the public transport system for the entire state. This includes a plan to upgrade the existing freight railway line connecting Tanjung Pelepas and Pasir Gudang Port to accommodate a passenger railway line.

“We are looking into the possibility of completing this plan. The existing line now is only one track, if we can convert it into double track to accommodate a passenger railway line, we can actually have the opportunity to develop the land along this double track. The growth of Johor Baru will then be very quick,” he told reporters at an event over the weekend.

He added that the ministry also supported the Johor government’s idea of looking into building other public transport systems such as a monorail and light rail transit system in Johor Bahru.