Wee: A travel pass can help revive the economy
KUALA LUMPUR: The introduction of the My50 unlimited travel pass for the use of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad rail and bus services in the Klang Valley can encourage Malaysians to use public transport and revitalize the country’s economy, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong.
He said the My50 Unlimited Travel Pass, which starts on January 1, replaces the My30 Unlimited Travel Pass, which was introduced by the government under the Penjana (National Economic Recovery Plan) program in June 2020.
“The promotion period for My30 ends on December 31, 2021 and it will be replaced by a travel pass of RM50 per month, which was announced by the Minister of Finance in Budget 2022 on October 29, with RM115 million reserved for the initiative,” Dr Wee said during a press conference to announce the introduction of the My50 travel pass at Gombak LRT station yesterday.
He said the My50 travel pass is proof of the government’s concern for the welfare of the people, especially in the current difficult situation, in line with the aspirations of the “Malaysian family”.
The My50 travel pass, which is offered exclusively to Malaysians, offers unlimited rides on all public transport services operated by Prasarana such as LRT, MRT, BRT, Monorail and Rapid KL stop-and-go buses as well as shuttle buses Jom Naik MRT. . Consumers only have to pay RM50 for 30 consecutive days of unlimited rides.
The My50 travel pass is also available in Penang for unlimited use of the Rapid Penang bus service under the Pas Mutiara label.
“For Penang, the travel pass will be called My50 Mutiara Pass and can be used on the Rapid Penang bus service,” Dr Wee said.
He added that the government has allocated a grant of RM115 million to cover the costs incurred by Prasarana in providing world-class public transport.
“With the introduction of the My50 travel pass and with the continued development of the national recovery plan, we are confident that 2022 will see an increase in the number of passengers using the services operated by Prasarana,” he said.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, Prasarana handled up to 1.1 million passengers a day in 2019, Dr Wee said.
“With its capacity and capability, Prasarana is able to increase the frequency of the trains and buses it operates if demand increases while ensuring passengers continue to enjoy a comfortable, smooth and safe journey. “, added Dr. Wee.
Although providing an unlimited pass is a huge investment for the government, Dr Wee said it was crucial to do so as the public transport sector plays a role in people’s well-being and economic development. from the country.
“As the Prime Minister emphasized at the launch of the Malaysian Family Pass on November 22, public transport plays an important role in fulfilling the aspirations of the Malaysian family.
“Efficient public transport services will also promote the development of commercial activity and generate economic growth.
“Therefore, I sincerely hope that people will continue to support public transport services and use the facilities provided by the My50 Unlimited Travel Pass to revitalize the country’s economy in the spirit of family unity. Malaysian,” Dr Wee added.
Although the My30 travel pass expires on December 31, Dr Wee said those who purchased the travel pass and Mutiara pass on that day could continue to enjoy the facility until January 30, 2022 before upgrade to My50 pass.
In Klang Valley, the public can purchase the My50 travel pass at Rapid KL customer service desks at all LRT, MRT, Monorail and BRT (Sunway Line) stations.
The pass is also available at select Rapid KL bus hubs such as Pasar Seni, Chow Kit, KLCC, Sri Nilam, Puchong Utama, Pearl Point, Sunway Pyramid, Greenwood and Section 2 Shah Alam.
Purchase points in Penang can be found at select Rapid Penang kiosks such as Komtar, Weld Quay (Terminal B), Penang Sentral, Bukit Jambul Rapid Penang Head Office (Lorong Kulit), Dato Kailan Complex (Kepala Batas), Balik Pulau and Bukit Mertajam.