Malaysians are certainly getting their money’s worth in terms of public transport, it seems. According to the Malay Mail – which cited a report by FT Confidential Research – users over here spend pretty much the same as those in other South East Asian countries, but get more or better transport services.

“Indeed, Malaysians spend less as a proportion of their income than ASEAN rivals when it comes to transport,” stated the research arm of the Financial Times. The report follows the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitive Index 2016-2017 released last September, which rated Malaysia 11th out of 138 countries in terms of transport infrastructure.

The country netted a score of 5.7 on the index, with the best score being a 7. “Malaysia’s high WEF scoring can be explained by its having made large infrastructure investments earlier than other ASEAN countries,” said FT Confidential Research, adding that Malaysia increased its spending on transport to 0.7% of its gross domestic product (GDP) last year compared to 0.6% in 2015, and is set to at least match that figure this year.

“One landmark project is the Sungai Buloh-Kajang mass transit line, a driverless commuter rail system that will connect an area north west of the capital Kuala Lumpur with Kajang, a fast-developing town located to the south east,” it said. However, this spending has also resulted in the highest debt-to-GDP level among top ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, according to the report.