Free bus service for inner city

Posted by SM Maulana
Saturday, 14 June 2008

By : Audrey Dermawan, NST

GEORGE TOWN: The state government is looking at implementing the central area transport (CAT) system within the inner city here to ease the people’s burden following the recent fuel price hike.

The system will take after the free shuttle bus service introduced by the previous Gerakan-led administration.

The shuttle service has been taken over by RapidPenang buses since last year.

The free shuttle bus service was started in 2001 and also covered tourist spots including Fort Cornwallis and Padang Kota Lama.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said a study was under way to determine the system’s viability.

Speaking to reporters after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting yesterday, Lim said the government would also seek other ways to help the needy.

On the alleged land discrepancies by the previous administration, Lim said Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin would submit a report to the exco early next month.

On the status of the dysfunctional gas pipeline built across the Seberang Prai district, he said a high-powered committee comprising the secretaries-general of the relevant ministries was looking into the matter.

The gas pipeline was built by Petronas from Kuala Lumpur across Seberang Perai Selatan, Tengah and Utara.

It has long been completed but no gas was supplied.

The state government had claimed that a potential investment worth RM1 billion from Germany was lost as a result of the failure to supply the gas.

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