Twelve representatives from the various NGOs working together under the Barrier-Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) held a dialogue with Rapid KL today at the public transport operator’s head office at Subang. Rapid KL was represented by Mohd. Ali Mohd. Nor, Chief Operating Officer (Bus Operations), and Katherine Chew, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications Division. This is the follow-up to the dialogue with Rein Westra, Rapid KL’s Chief Executive Officer, on October 20, 2006 at KL Sentral.
In his presentation, Ali gave us a rundown of the Rapid KL operations in the Klang Valley. Through that, we got an idea of how the accessible buses that were promised to be put on the road soon would fit into the big picture. Unfortunately, the outcome of the dialogue was less desirable than expected. At the moment, I am not at liberty to reveal BEAT’s stand against some of the proposals put forward by Rapid KL, not at least until our meeting with Dato’ Seri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport, at Putrajaya on Monday.