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TOWARDS BETTER CONNECTIVITY AND THE USE OF THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN MALAYSIA'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

11/01/2024 12:37 PM

By Abdul Hamid A Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) -- The future of Malaysia's transport industry looks bright and is in line with the government's clear vision to create a modern transport infrastructure system that is better connected to each other, with a commitment in using the latest technology.

In pursuit of this vision, the need for a more efficient transport integration is required. This is important for the initiation of mega transport projects such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 3, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), and the planning on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed ​​Rail (HSR).

“The government has formulated a clear vision for the future of transport integration. When these projects are implemented, Malaysians can expect a more connected and convenient way to move around the country," Associate Professor Rohafiz Sabar, senior lecturer at the Department of Transport and Logistics, School of Technology and Logistics Management at Universiti Utara Malaysia, told Bernama.

She explained that the government's goal is to develop a borderless transit system that is user-friendly, connecting cities, regions and modes of transportation. This system will give Malaysians and visitors easy and sustainable access to travel throughout the country.

In the tabling of Budget 2024, the Madani Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has allocated RM4.7 billion to improve the LRT3 project (LRT Shah Alam Line) and its support system.

Meanwhile, the MRT Line 3 project, with a total cost of RM50.2 billion, will cover about 51 kilometres with 31 stations, including 10 interchange stations with eight existing rail lines in the Klang Valley. The government has also allocated RM74.96 billion for the development of the ECRL, which will connect Kota Bharu and Port Klang.

Regarding the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project, it is expected to involve the construction of a 25 metre high bridge across the Johor Strait to connect the two countries. However, this project was suspended in September 2018 when Malaysia and Singapore agreed to postpone the bilateral project worth RM110 billion.

 

Utilising the Latest Technology

Rohafiz also emphasised the importance of using the latest technology in transportation, such as smart ticketing systems, real-time information applications and digital payment options to improve efficiency.

“The technology will not only improve passenger experience but also provide valuable data to optimise transport routes and services.

“For residents in the Klang Valley, systems like the MRT that use the latest technology have changed the way they move and use public transport, for example the cashless format.

“There are also plans to expand the MRT network to connect more areas and improve integration with other modes of transport. However, future routes need to be carefully planned with a focus on reducing travel time and traffic congestion," she said.

Regarding transport expenditure, Malaysia had allocated RM17.6 billion for transport infrastructure, including the construction and improvement of roads as well as the improvement of existing airports and ports by 2023. Transport expenditure is the government's main focus, accounting for about 4.5 per cent of total expenditure.

The country had spent almost RM50.8 billion on petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas subsidies last year.

“This fund, in fact, could be used to benefit and improve public transport facilities.

“With the implementation and completion of these mega projects, Malaysians can expect a more efficient, connected and easy-to-use transportation system across the country in the future,” she added.

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