Ten tourist operators in Pangkor received two units of electric two-wheeler each. The gift is part of the green transportation initiative by the state government and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) in collaboration with a local electric motor company, Roda Prestasi Sdn Bhd.

The machine, BOS 2000 can achieve speeds of 60kph, navigate a 20-percent gradient and consumes 30 percent less electricity than conventional electric scooters.

Guest of honour, Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir presented replica keys to the ten recipients.

“The primary objective of the programme is to introduce green vehicles in Pangkor to ensure sustainable development and environmental conservation for future generations,” said Datuk Redza Rafiq, the executive chief of NCIA.

“I’ll place the two units at our hotel for our guests to use for touring the island. They’re available all-year round for free,” Dato’ Ismail bin Abdul Rahman, managing director of Uptown Beach Resort said.

“I’ll include the scooters as part of our full-board package, which includes accommodation, breakfast and outdoor activities. My target guests are the youngsters. They can ride for free under the package which is very affordable. It’s important to promote green technology, especially to youths as they’re the ones who need to embrace the idea,” said Aina Fatiha, owner of Pangkor Palm Bay Resort, to Ipoh Echo.

“This is our effort at introducing electric vehicles in order to reduce pollution caused by fossil fuels. The scooter can travel 75km before recharging. For a 14-km square island like Pangkor this machine is just perfect,” Zambry told reporters.

Mei Kuan