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Monday, March 23, 2015


The SPADman and wife admiring a diamond studded time piece. They like diamonds too, don't they?

The flak is on Najib for taking a recycled politician to be in the cabinet. Such dungus will fail him again and again and finally he will hang himself.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar was appointed Chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission on 3 June, 2010. His handling of the recent rise in new transport fares has created total chaos. The Malaysian government has the tendency of often taking one step forward and then two steps backward. This is probably due to lack of coordination amongst the various government agencies as can be witness in the recent fare hikes approved and then denied by SPAD.
“SPAD disputes speculation new fares were announced without approval,” read the Sunday Star, 22 March, 2015. The Cabinet had called upon SPAD to defer fare hikes, saying that the timing was inappropriate. This is due to the launching of GST on April 1. Whether it is appropriate or not, it is evident that fare hikes will become a reality soon but what is even more disgusting is that I had to pay the new taxi rates from my house to Times Berjaya Square yesterday (22 March). The MyTaxi driver told me that the Road Transport Department had already updated his meter for the new rates. 
Just what is going on with our system of management? SPAD makes one announcement; the Cabinet then says something else and in the meantime taxi fares are raised without approval. Its high time the government got its act clear and coordinated between all agencies. I am of the view that SPAD Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar should resign immediately!
The reality of the situation is that the government needs to come up with a better system involving fare hikes. The five year period is ridiculous! There should be a yearly increase of 10 cents on fare hikes. Such an approach is rational but definitely not a 40% hike! While there is a need to be sympathetic towards transport services in terms of income and rising expenses, there is also a need to look into wages. Transport services around the world are usually subsidised by the government. Every rise becomes a burden to wage earners who have to compete with the rising cost of living and it does not argue well for the government to be indecisive in its decisions

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