GE15 Transport Manifesto

  • Anwar Ibrahim named 10th PM of Malaysia – a recap of auto/transport-related pledges in PH’s GE15 manifesto

    It has just been officially announced by Istana Negara via a statement that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been appointed as the 10th prime minister of Malaysia, with the swearing-in ceremony to be held at Istana Negara at 5pm today.

    While Pakatan Harapan – and its new coalition partners that will be needed to form the mandatory 112-seat majority for a federal government – starts preparing to go about its business of running the country, let’s look back at the transport-related pledges it made in its GE15 manifesto, to see what has been promised.

    One of the major talking points in the manifesto was about the rising cost of living, and addressing that is one of PH’s main promises. Among other things, the coalition said it would be “reviewing highway concessions” as part of its plans to tackle the issue.

    “The Harapan administration has shown commitment in reviewing all highway concession agreements and negotiating to get the best prices, leading to toll rates being reduced by 18% for the North-South Expressway (PLUS) and the East-Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT 2). Harapan is determined to continue reducing PLUS tolls gradually with the ultimate goal of eliminating tolls and returning PLUS highway to public ownership,” the manifesto said.

    PLUS toll rates went down by 18% in Feb 2020 – click to enlarge

    In the “living comfortably in our golden years” section, the coalition pledged free public transportation rides for senior citizens, improving on the current policy of offering a 50% discount.

    People with disabilities (OKUs) have been promised enhanced support and accessibility. This will be done by increasing the number of facilities and public transportation that are OKU-friendly, while also ensuring that development projects fulfil Universal Design standards. “It is time to recognise that the needs of the PWDs in public facilities and public transportation cannot be neglected,” PH says.

    Under the “enhancing public transport connectivity” topic, the coalition “is determined to expand the coverage of public transportation to ensure that the rakyat’s welfare is taken care of and at the same time, reduce pollution and dependency on fuel. A developed city cannot exist without a robust public transportation network.”

    As for the public transport category, there are a few specific proposals. Under “ease of access, ease of travel”, PH has promised that 80% of urban areas will have bus stops and train stations within 10 minutes of walking, and that the waiting period for any public transportation service, especially buses, should not be more than 10 minutes. To fulfil these requirements, PH says that it will need 10,000 buses for cities throughout Malaysia, 7,000 of which will operate in the Klang Valley.

    Currently, Rapid KL offers the My50 rail and bus monthly travel pass for RM50. The party wants to also introduce a fare limit for those who do not want/need the monthly pass. The fare limit of RM5 per day is to encourage more citizens to use public transport, especially those who are not daily users. Think of this as a RM5 daily pass.

    PH will also push forward the regulation and legalisation of “micro mobility” devices such as e-scooters and e-bikes for first and last mile connections. It said the government can partner with ride-hailing services to offer transportation vouchers for those going to transit stations. This offer can be priced at RM5 per voucher and up to 10 vouchers would be given via e-wallet to be used for trips that begin or end at a public transport station.

    Lastly, PH plans to expand public transport payment methods to include debit cards and e-wallets, compared to the current system of only accepting Touch ‘n Go cards. It will be interesting to see how many of these pledges will go through.

     
     
  • Perikatan Nasional GE15 manifesto – PN’s carrots for delivery riders, gig workers; multi-lane free flow toll

    We’ve checked out Barisan Nasional’s auto/transport-related pledges for Malaysia’s 15th general elections (GE15), including the proposed abolishment of approved permits (APs) for EVs (the rest are as outlined in Budget 2023), as well as Pakatan Harapan’s transport-related plans for the nation if it wins GE15 – now here’s what Perikatan Nasional has in store.

    By the way, if you don’t already know, PN – the other blue party – is made up of Bersatu, PAS and former BN party Gerakan, plus some other smaller parties. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin a.k.a. Abah is PN’s “poster boy”. The coalition’s manifesto consist of 12 tunjang, 30 pendekatan and 234 tawaran to the rakyat, but we’ll only be highlighting the auto and transport-related pledges, of course.

    There’s a specific section for youth, and we’ll start with that. In that tunjang, PN mentions gig workers a lot, and dangles a few carrots at those who work as p-hailing riders and e-hailing drivers. The coalition wants to make it mandatory for the companies who hire the drivers/riders to provide insurance/takaful. Full time registered drivers/riders are promised a special tax cut.

    Also, gig economy workers will be given a special incentive worth RM1,000 if they study in an accredited institute of higher learning, possibly an initiative to move them on to more stable and sustainable jobs. Lastly – and this is not just exclusive to p-hailing riders – PN wants to reduce the ceiling price of obtaining a license for motorcycles below 250cc.

    The coalition also wants to encourage the development of young entrepreneurs in future industries (industri masa hadapan) such as fintech, robotics and of course, electric vehicles.

    The other pledges include free school bus rides and childcare for the poor and hardcore poor, plus the acceleration of highway construction. The highways mentioned are the Pan Borneo Highway, the Central Spine Road on the Peninsula and Lebuhraya Pantai Timur 3 (LPT 3) on the East Coast from Kuala Terengganu into Kelantan.

    Lastly, PN wants to reduce traffic jams on the highway by adding lanes in critical locations and accelerating the adoption of sistem tol tanpa palang. The latter has to be the multi-lane free flow toll system that you can read more about here. What do you think of PN’s transport plans for Malaysia compared to those from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan?

     
     
  • Pakatan Harapan GE15 manifesto: reduce toll, improve public transport, 10k buses, RM5 max fare, e-scooters

    You’ve seen Barisan Nasional’s manifesto for Malaysia’s 15th general elections (GE15), including the proposed abolishment of approved permits (APs) for EVs (the rest are as outlined in Budget 2023), now here’s Pakatan Harapan’s transport-related plans for the nation if it wins GE15.

    One of the major talking points these days, not just in Malaysia (which is relatively shielded from inflation due to subsidies) but across the world, is rising cost of living, and addressing that is one of PH’s main promises. Among other things, “reviewing highway concessions” is one point – no prizes for guessing right.

    “The Harapan administration has shown commitment in reviewing all highway concession agreements and negotiating to get the best prices, leading to toll rates being reduced by 18% for the North-South Expressway (PLUS) and the East-Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT 2). Harapan is determined to continue reducing PLUS tolls gradually with the ultimate goal of eliminating tolls and returning PLUS highway to public ownership,” the manifesto reads.

    PLUS toll rates went down by 18% in Feb 2020 – click to enlarge

    In the “living comfortably in our golden years” page, the coalition is dangling free public transportation rides for senior citizens, improving on the current policy of offering a 50% discount.

    People with disabilities (OKUs) are promised enhanced support and accessibility. This will be done by increasing the number of facilities and public transportation that are OKU-friendly, while also ensuring that development projects fulfil Universal Design standards. “It is time to recognise that the needs of the PWDs in public facilities and public transportation cannot be neglected,” PH says.

    In the “enhancing public transport connectivity” area, the coalition “is determined to expand the coverage of public transportation to ensure that the rakyat’s welfare is taken care of and at the same time, reduce pollution and dependency on fuel. A developed city cannot exist without a robust public transportation network”.

    There are a few specific proposals under the public transport category. Under “ease of access, ease of travel”, PH is promising that 80% of urban areas will have bus stops and train stations within 10 minutes of walking, and that the waiting period for any public transportation service, especially buses, should not be more than 10 minutes. To fulfil these requirements, PH says that it needs 10,000 buses for cities throughout Malaysia, 7,000 of which will operate in the Klang Valley.

    Currently, Rapid KL offers the My50 rail and bus monthly travel pass for RM50. PH wants to also introduce a fare limit for those who do not want/need the monthly pass. The fare limit of RM5 per day is to encourage more citizens to use public transport, especially those who are not daily users. Think of this as a RM5 daily pass.

    PH will also push forward the regulation and legalisation of “micro mobility” such as e-scooters and e-bikes as first and last mile connections. The coalition says that the government can partner with e-hailing services to offer transportation vouchers for those going to transit stations. This offer can be priced at RM5 per voucher and up to 10 vouchers would be given via e-wallet to be used for trips that begin or end at a public transport station.

    Lastly, PH plans to expand public transport payment methods to include debit cards and e-wallets, compared to the current system of only accepting Touch n Go cards. What do you think of PH’s promises?

     
     
  • Barisan Nasional GE15 manifesto – auto/transport-related pledges same as that outlined in Budget 2023

    Apart from the pledge to abolish the approved permit (AP) requirement for all imported EVs, the Barisan Nasional (BN) 15th General Election (GE15) manifesto presented by BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last night also contained some automotive/transport-related initiatives.

    Two of these were an exact match of what was already stated in Budget 2023. The first is a plan to boost the motorsports industry among youths by building more drag racing circuits, as presented during the tabling of the budget.

    It was announced then that the Malaysian government would allocate RM20 million to build drag racing strips in the country, although details on where the allocation would be spent or for how many drag strips was not revealed.

    The second is an initiative to assist OKUs utilising ride-hailing services for their travel by providing them with financial aid through ride-hailing vouchers, with RM10 million being allocated each year for this purpose. Additionally, the manifesto also mentioned a plan to have all public transport vehicles and official government cars to be environmentally-friendly by 2030.

     
     
  • Barisan Nasional’s GE15 manifesto – approved permit (AP) requirement for EVs in Malaysia to be abolished

    Barisan Nasional (BN) has pledged to abolish the approved permit (AP) requirement for all imported electric vehicles (EVs) should it win the 15th General Election, which is set to take place on November 19. The initiative was highlighted in the party’s manifesto for GE15 that it unveiled last night.

    According to BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the move is aimed at making EVs more accessible to the rakyat, while also ensuring that the country’s future would be sustainable and safe. “To that end, we will abolish all import permits or APs for all types of electric cars to ensure wider access to affordable eco-friendly vehicles,” he said.

    The plan to abolish APs for EVs is essentially a development from the AP fee exemption that was outlined during Budget 2023, in which it was stated that all imported EVs were set to be exempted from AP fees from January 1 to December 31, 2023. Should it be delivered, the new initiative would remove that timeframe completely and open up the market.

    What this does is make it easier for EV makers to set up a sales channel in Malaysia, as there will no longer be a need to look for a local partner for franchise AP purposes. Car importers who are looking to bring in EVs will also be incentivised to do so with the removal of the AP fee.

    The removal of the AP hurdle could result in a wider variety of EVs entering the market, and it would also potentially make them cheaper, provided companies pass the savings from not paying the AP fee on to customers. Regular internal combustion engined cars will however continue to be subject to AP requirements. What are your thoughts on this? Share them in the comments section.

     
     
 
 
 

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