‘Let us work together bridging this relationship between all states and federal government as the Premier calls out for using the Johor Master Plan initiatives!’
MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PRAISES PM NAJIB FOR BRIDGING OF A STRONG RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEARHEAD PROGRESS!
Like all others, who have worked and lobbied for a comprehensive transport policy in Malaysia, I am really thankful to Prime Minister, Najib Razak and the federal government for contributing RM1 billion towards the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) while the rest, amounting to RM1.56 billion, would be financed via a Private Public Partnership.
The prime minister stated this in his speech during the launching of the 2017 Progressive Johor Expo at Kota Iskandar!
The Premier went further to state that the said BRT project, under the concept of inclusiveness and sustainability, worth RM2.56 billion, would be developed by the federal government via the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor state government.
The interesting features of what the Premier announced were that the BRT will be the public transportation infrastructure backbone in the Iskandar Region Malaysia in the next two decades.
Secondly, it is a ‘state of the art’ or ‘high-quality bus-based transit system’ which will give a reliable, comfortable and cost-effective service which all commuters have been waiting for!
BRT is expected to be operational in 2021 covering 90 percent of Iskandar Malaysia with a 51 km route through 39 stations.
What is remarkable is that, the said project contained the same features as the Light Rail Transit or metro, which is faster compared to normal bus services.
If connectivity and linkages were the folly of earlier projects, I am advised that the development of the BRT system will have smooth links to the Rail Transit System (RTS), High-Speed Rail, KTM Commuter and inter-town bus terminals.
This is the right tonic, as we look forward to an increase in population and economic growth to simultaneously boost job opportunities and address other challenges going forward!
Another area which excited me was the Premier’s remark which touched on Johor Skills Development Master Plan to ensure that workers in the state were equipped with the right skills.
To me this was a recap of what I had presented to the Johor state government and at the highest levels, in 2015 on a project called OIPAM!
Or – ‘Ops Isi Penuh Anak Malaysia’ – which is my brainchild to create opportunities, both through internships, educational stints, online educational courses, degree programs, in and out of the country at a costs that is value add!
This will help to sever the destructive dependence of foreign workers in Malaysia and all the issues and problems that is inherited with that!
OIPAM – a project accredited by the state agencies and federal ministries!
A program where the aspirations of the state government to spur skills development based on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Youths, in this case as alluded to by our beloved Premier would be a signature feature!
This is why the relationship between the federal government and state is vital!
And let this historical value of state and federal government working together be the model going forward to assure holistic progress, development and an elevation of the standard and quality of life for all consumers not just in Johor but in all other states in Malaysia!
Let us work together bridging this relationship between all states and federal government as the Premier calls out for using the Johor Master Plan initiatives!