The Penang state government has channelled a total of RM899,700 worth of incentives to 2,343 taxi drivers and 656 school bus operators in the state. According to The Sun, chief minister Lim Guan Eng said each of the recipients will receive an incentive of RM600, which will be handed out in two payments this year.

“This year, there are a total of 2,343 qualified taxi drivers – 1,702 taxi drivers on the island and 641 in Seberang Perai. For school bus operators, there are a total of 656 operators who have valid permits from the related authorities, and are qualified to receive the incentives,” explained Lim.

“There are 330 school bus operators on the island and 326 school bus operators in Seberang Perai who can receive the incentives,” Lim said in his speech during a ceremony to hand out incentives to taxi drivers and school bus operators in Sungai Nibong, Penang.

Lim also added that the state government had the incentives for taxi drivers in place since 2013, and a similar incentive was given to school bus operators since last year.