RapidKL Sends New Batch of Buses for Rental to Panorama Melaka
Delighted with results in their first collaboration, RapidKL, which is Klang Valley’s biggest bus operator, has embarked on a second rental exercise of its buses to Panorama Melaka; delivering another batch of 15 buses but without drivers today to support their operations in providing public transport in the state.
“We are proud that we can extend the buses to be utilized in Melaka for the benefit of the ‘rakyat’ in the state,” said Zohari Sulaiman, who is the Group Director Bus Division of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana), the umbrella company for RapidKL.
“In facilitating this arrangement further, we will provide refresher course on how to best drive and handle the stage buses. We will also provide periodic assistance on bus maintenance as well as selected Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to manage the overall bus operation,” added Zohari, who represented RapidKL at the handover ceremony to Panorama Melaka.
Held at Melaka Sentral, the ceremony was officiated by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam and was attended by key officials of Panorama Melaka which was led by its Deputy Chairman Datuk Ghazale Muhamad.
Zohari said: “We are happy with the previous arrangement. In the said arrangement we had also provided 15 buses but without drivers on rental basis; taking effect from 2 March 2012.
“The buses were utilized by Panorama Melaka for a fixed period of time agreed upon by both party. This is a temporary arrangement until new buses for Panorama Melaka is ready,” he said, adding the rental of the buses will have no effect on operations of RapidKL in Klang Valley and Selangor.
While Zohari acknowledged that the buses will be provided on a rental basis, he pointed out that the support was more of social obligation by Prasarana and worked out in the interest of the public rather than a business venture.
RapidKL services more than 166 routes; covering more than 1,000 housing estates in Klang Valley and Selangor; operating with some 850 buses daily.
Incorporated in July 2004 and operational since November the same year, RapidKL, whose operations also include the rail network of LRT and KL Monorail, transports approximately 700,000 passengers daily including 300,000 on the bus system.
For more details, contact Prasarana Media Affairs Manager Azhar Ghazali at 019-3837865 or Haliza Abd Hamid at 019-2210058.