Recently the Land Public Transport Commission or Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) announced that it would recommend to the respective departments for a bus fare increase. This news is shocking to Ipohites like me.
The rakyat is already facing a high living cost. The Commission’s irresponsible attitude to support the rich bus operators will further burden the public. The government should instead ask bus operators to improve their services rather than entertain their grouses.
We know that there are bus companies who, like the fishermen, are selling diesel to third parties for a profit. This has affected their schedules thus causing one to wait for over an hour for the buses.
And worse, many bus companies are not giving fare discounts to senior citizens. Just look at the number of new buses on the roads.