Saturday, August 23, 2008

The irate commuter

Well it is about time that at least someone from the government got their behinds out of their cushy Kompressors to experience the joys of public transportation.

Nothing makes my blood boil more than fat-arsed politicians telling me to cut my spending and utilize more public transport and then get their drivers to send them home in their luxury cars to their posh residences in Bukit Tunku.

Anyway, hats off to Pak Lah for not only riding the Purta LRT line but also the accursed KTM Kommuter which everyone knows is as reliable as a condemned Proton.

And at peak hour! Read about his ordeal and comments HERE.

I remember scoffing at one YB from the Ministry of Transport who did a blatant PR stunt riding the LRT with loads of pressmen in a roomy train, expounding how great and easy city transport is. He who tries to fool the masses, only exposes what a fool he actually is. This is a great example.

And it had to take a Prime Minister to make this effort to really test out our transport system. Of course he found shortcomings. It’s a crap system. All the Transport Minister could say at the end of the day was that they had no control over Rapid KL and that KTM will be getting new coaches in the coming years. Wow, he got voted into office for this brilliance?

Is this supposed to make us daily commuters feel better? If anything it demonstrates that these companies have been sloppy in anticipating the needs and growth of their consumers. And it appears that SPNB is thinking of setting 2 more new lines. If they can’t even get their act together with the current system, it does not take a rocket scientist to know where this is going.

Maybe next, the PM should try taking the public buses or better yet, trying to find a cab that goes by meter in the Bukit Bintang area. Then we can see the game of pass the buck played again.

If the present government is not capable of making improvements that have been plaguing the rakyat for so long, a change of government may be the only way of instituting change. Don’t say that they have not been warned.

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