New operator takes over Putrajaya bus transport systemPOSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 16 December 2017
After several years trying, Putrajaya is finally passing the baton to a private company to improve on its public transport system.
Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday, Federal Territory Minister, Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that there were several upgrades lined up.
“GETS Global Berhad will start with a fleet renewal of five electric buses by the second quarter of next year. The plan is for the entire Putrajaya fleet of 150 NGV (natural gas for vehicle) buses to be electric by 2025,” Tengku Adnan said.
Datuk Che Azizuddin Che Ismail said the Park’N’Ride facilities also needed to be expanded. He said, “To be more user-friendly, there should be a Park’N’Ride terminal at each entry point of Putrajaya. We need to implement this.
“While modernising the fleet from NGV to full electric, we will focus on three elements: punctuality, frequency and reliability. Overarching this, our fleet will consist of mini buses, midi-buses and large buses. We need the small buses to provide the last mile connectivity.”
When Putrajaya was developed, the government-linked entity set up Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd in 1995 to provide public transport services.
Yesterday’s ceremony was to officially mark the sale of a 79.99% PAPTT stake to GETS Global Berhad, a main-board listed company that is controlled by Che Azizuddin. Besides the bus transport franchise, PAPTT owns and manages Terminal Putrajaya Sentral and the Park’N’Ride facility.
Che Azizuddin is an entrepreneur who has vast experience in the transport and logistics industry. He entered the business as a manager at Konsortium Perkapalan, with Proton as his first big fleet customer in the early 1980s. His group includes a shipping company and the second largest bus company in Malaysia, formerly called Konsortium Bas Ekspres Semanjung (M) Sdn Bhd.