Friday, April 29, 2016

The BRT-Sunway Line: Passengers Shy Away

On June 08, 2015, I had blogged about the seven-station BRT Sunway Line – Malaysia’s first ever Bus Rapid Transit service that was launched in June last year, and meant to benefit half a million people in Bandar Sunway and USJ Subang Jaya.
Star Online carries an interesting report today that steep fares are keeping passengers away. Sunway Group chairperson Jeffrey Cheah himself had said 13,000 people rode the BRT when it was free during its initial months in June and July 2015 but this number had dramatically declined to 4,000 when the fare was introduced.
The BRT line runs 5.4 km from one end to the other, and the ticket price for that is RM5.40! A crazy fare, if you ask me.
And I also didn’t know it had cost RM634 million and that the BRT-Sunway line was 70% funded by Prasarana, 15% by Sunway Bhd and 15% by the Government’s public-private partnership facilitation fund called UKAS.
So this whole project was about making money and serving the community was never their intention at all. Hasn’t Prasarana heard about corporate citizenship?

Nicol David (right) crashed out of the 2016 Women’s World Championship squash, despite home ground advantage yesterday, ending her dreams of a ninth world title.
The Malaysian ace was dispatched by fifth seed Nour El Sherbini of Egypt 14-12, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7 in the quarterfinals.
David, one of the game’s all-time greats, is a national icon – her matches this week have been played at the Nicol David Arena. The 32-year-old was seeking to win the PSA World Championship on home soil in Malaysia for the first time after falling short on two other attempts.
Nicol David had enjoyed a far easier second-round outing to set up a rematch with Nour in the quarter-finals. She had clinched an 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 win over world No. 11 Alison Waters in the second round on Wednesday. And a day earlier, she had survived a five-set scare against Australia’s Rachael Grinham in the first round.
Low Wee Wern, the world number 45, playing under a wild card ticket, however, failed to advance beyond the first round after losing to world number nine Joelle King of New Zealand; 9-11, 6-11, 7-11. It is tough for her because she has been almost out of action for a year after recuperating from a knee surgery.
I was in Wisma Naza at No. 12, Jalan Sungai Besi, KL  to attend the Metro Toastmasters meeting yesterday.

I was the Grammarian. In addition, I presented my CC #5 speech titled “My Nerves Got the Better of Me”.
A good speech, both speaker and evaluator reckoned. Yet, KF Yee was brutally honest when giving his feedback and identified at least three areas of improvement for me to consider. It was comprehensive, cogent and compelling! BTW, I had told him I wanted a ‘no-holds barred’ evaluation.


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