Loke: Prasarana CEO appointment under MoF, company board

Prasarana president and CEO is confirmed to be on suspension due to public dissastisfaction

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE appointments of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd CEOs do not fall under the Transport Ministry’s (MoT) jurisdiction.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture) said the public transportation operator company is under the Minister of Finance Inc (MoF Inc), while MAHB is a public-listed company owned partially by Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

“Anything about the management is better answered by the company’s board as the decision comes from them and not MoT.

“Prasarana is a company under MoF Inc, and any appointments will have to go to its board and MoF,” he said at the Prasarana 2019 ridership performance report yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.

Prasarana president and CEO Mohamed Hazlan Mohamed Hussain was confirmed to have been suspended, a decision that was reportedly made last December.

It was reported that his suspension was due to public dissatisfaction over the company’s operations, namely the light rail transit services, which have received complaints such as late breakdown notifications.

Loke said he cannot deny that system breakdowns do occur, but stressed that it did not occur at all times.

“That is also why I am here today at Prasarana, so that I can discuss with the management on the things we can enhance and improve in terms of rail maintenance, standard of procedure and how we manage these breakdowns.

“So, we do hope to decrease the amount of issues to provide comfort for our passengers,” he said.

He added that the issues will continue to be monitored going forward and will require the efforts of all parties involved to keep up with a consistent maintenance scheduling and ensure the services remain acceptable.

“In the MoT’s part, we must ensure that there is good continuity in services to the public.

“Besides our efforts to increase ridership, we want to ensure that the maintenance is good so that operations will not be severely affected, which will be among the issues I plan to discuss with the company’s management,” he said.

Loke added that various initiatives that had helped save the public’s money has increased overall ridership under the Rapid Rail.

“For example, the My100 pass saved as much as RM47.4 million of the public’s money throughout the year of 2019.

“Passengers who only tag their pass every day may not realise it but that is a visible amount of money that was saved, but we hope that the savings’ figures will only grow,” he said.

According to Prasarana’s report, the actual fare for the My100 pass would be up to RM123.14 million, but the subscribers would have only paid RM75.76 million, which equals to 38% savings.

Meanwhile, the My50 pass’ actual fare summed up to RM1.87 million while subscribers’ payment went up to RM1.09 million, thus saving as much as 42%, whereas the Mutiara pass with 12,000 subscribers cost up to RM650,000 with users only paying up to 47% of the total.

Throughout the year, the company’s ridership for rail transport stood at 236 million, which noted an 11% year-on-year (YoY) growth with increases on every line except the monorail.

However, its bus ridership posted an 11% YoY decrease to 160 million passengers, all lines noting decreases but the BRT Sunway, recording 24% rise in users.