Politics to Barisan Nasional (BN) are not just 5 years once promises to the rakyat ahead of the general election but to ensure to fulfil them at its best possible. There are among those that involves the country development shall be meant merely for the rakyat’s benefit above any popular political promises. Therefore, part of the politically unpopular topic that Barisan Nasional has decided to delve into is on public transport development.
Yet, BN government has fulfilled their promises to ensure that the rakyat’s benefits are prioritised and the public transport ought to be improved nationwide including taking into much consideration of safety, comfort and affordability by both the government spending and the rakyat’s expenditures.
Simultaneously, the ability of the government to spend in the public transport multi-billion infrastructure projects and the rakyat’s affordability are taken into serious accounts when we are still facing with the world economy uncertainties which has resulted in the rising of our cost of living. Therefore, the nation needs a farsighted leader to plan and execute a plan for an efficient transport system that is not burdensome in its connectivity and the commuters too.
In the ideals of the ruling party BN heading towards a developed nation by 2030, it is expected that the population will increase to 32.5 million. Comparably, the most affected population density shall be the Klang Valley vicinity and other states capital, without proper public transport system planning, the cities will turn into a stuck and stagnant state where eventually the country’s economy development will also be severely affected.
To improve the country’s development, history has proven that the connectivities between urban and rural areas needed easy access where in the early days, the government built new roads and proceeds with highways too. However, it seems that with the existing road infrastructures, they are not able to curb traffic jams even along the highways when there are too many vehicles on the road.
Thus, the Barisan Nasional government of Prime Minister Najib Razak leadership has designed a National Public Transport Plan for a more comprehensive and integrated alternative mode into nationwide rail transportations which will definitely meet the rakyat’s requirements and worth for their money.
The present government has extended the rail infrastructure across the Klang Valley and covers its vicinity nearby with the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) links to connect from Sungai Buloh to Kajang and Putrajaya as well. The commuters journey too is simplified with feeder services such as ETS and KTM Komuter as well. Not only that the commuters are able to enjoy the interconnected trips but they are saving time and travel costs too.
All these rail infrastructure projects will definitely require very high costs in its investments but in the long run, it is the people who will benefit them. Today, the world has recognised this BN government efforts when recently a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Malaysia in the 11th among 138 countries in the transport sector.
WEF acknowledges that Malaysians will not only enjoy the quality of world-class transportation infrastructures but at the same time they are not burdensome to the commuters that the fares are affordable as compared to our neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
In the interests of the rakyat, Barisan Nasional’s policies are inclusive that the interests for Sabahans and Sarawakians are never neglected. Thus, recognition of WEF is extended beyond the government’s mega infrastructure projects for the Pan Borneo Highway as another important factor in the Index.
Development for public transport is not a popular subject to be drummed in political campaigns and even so, there are efforts from the opposition blocs and their friendly medias to doubt the BN government efforts for the rakyat. Only a far-sighted leader added with his political will would take up such challenges.
By emphasising the importance of addressing the future of his rakyat, PM Najib Razak and his BN team are confident that they shall appreciate the transportation development taken today as a ‘game changer’ that will benefit over the long run.
The government is not surprised or even disoriented by various charges and criticism that someday, they will be the ones to leverage and even exploit them before others. What is even more paramount is that Barisan Nasional today have proven that their leaders have walked the talk.