The Associated Press
Published: March 12, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia will increase accessibility and facilities for the disabled in its public transport system under an upcoming “master plan” for capital cities in the country’s 13 states, a news report said Tuesday.
Consultants hired by the government to run a nine-month study of the country’s public transport systems have been told to include requirements for disabled people in their report to the Cabinet, which will form the basis for the master plan, the New Straits Times reported.
“We want well planned and coordinated transport systems to meet the needs of disabled people,” Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy was quoted as saying.
The master plan for a better system was expected to be sent to the state capitals by the end of 2007, the report added.
At present, facilities vary for people in wheelchairs, the blind, or others with disabilities in Malaysia’s public transport systems. Light rail trains provide access for the disabled, but buses and bus stops make no provisions for those in wheelchairs.
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Chan’s aide was not immediately reachable on his mobile phone for further details. It was not clear from the report when the upgraded public transport systems would be implemented.