Protect our Pocket$ Unreliable public transport

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PETALING JAYA: The public transport system remains a bane for most Malaysians, largely due to poor urban planning.This had led to a heavy dependence on private vehicles, which was reflected not only in traffic congestion, but also in the number of parking bays in shopping malls, said Malaysian Association of Shopping and Highrise Complex Management president H.C. Chan.

The common woe is the unreliable system, which was passionately discussed at The Star's “Protect Our Pockets” roundtable discussion.

“Our country has the highest ratio of public car parks in the world.

“Public transport is lacking in Malaysia,” said Chan, who was among seven field experts invited to speak in the discussion at Menara Star on Tuesday.

While agreeing that poor urban planning was a cause of the ineffective transportation system, Performance Management and Delivery Unitsenior manager Phillip See said the mentality among road users must also be altered.

He said consumers ultimately had the choice of where they wanted to invest in a property, which would lead to a concentrated development or an urban sprawl.

“The fundamental question isn't about whether we can reduce the number of private vehicles.

“We need to think about how we can maximise the space in most of these cars, so the whole thinking needs to be replaced rather than the cars,” See said, admitting that proper access walkways were needed to connect pedestrians to a source of public transport.

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