Dato’ Seri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport, set up a meeting between the officials from the Ministry of Transport, public transport operators and BEAT to discuss about the various issues faced by disabled persons in Malaysia where mobility is concerned. The meeting was held at the Ministry’s office in Putrajaya at 12.00pm just now. Among the transport operators represented in the meeting were Rapid KL, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Keretapi Tanah Melayu, Malaysia Airports, KL Sentral and Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan.
The Minister announced that Deputy Secretary-General (Planning) Long See Wool will head a committee and set up meetings between transport operators and BEAT to resolve issues regarding public transportation. We were also informed that all public transport will be made accessible. This aspect is part of the term of reference for the National Transport Master Plan that will be drawn up after the completion of studies conducted in all capital cities in Malaysia.
At the end of the meeting, BEAT presented a recommendation to the Minister to make all public transport inclusive. We highlighted that no one should be left out in all future developments of the public transportation system in Malaysia. It is important that the mobility needs of disabled persons be looked into seriously in order provide us equal opportunities education, employment and other acivities.