KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Ministry encourages the public to purchase the My100 pass which offers unlimited travel for 30 days on board the Mass Rapid Transit, Light Rapid Transit, Monorail, and BRT.
Its Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the usage of public transport would reduce the cost of living.
“The transportation cost is the third highest cost after housing and food for the cost of living,” he said when met at Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana) headquarters, today for a media briefing on the 2019 ridership performance of Prasarana.
“When the public transportation is efficient, there will be less dependency on cars. There is no need to pay tolls and petrol. Those that had just started working may not even have to buy vehicles,” he said.
He said on average, active users for the My100 pass were about 110,000 per month between December 2018 and December, last year.
Anthony hoped to increase the usage from that number to 200,000 people per month.
He said since the usage of the pass was unlimited for 30 days upon activation, Prasarana found that there was also a user who made huge savings by using the My100 pass.
“The user paid only RM100 but the pass was used for up to RM2,000 in actual fare within that period,” he said.
“This is a real savings and value for money,” he said.
“The introduction of this cost-saving effort, was one of the initiative by the Federal government. It is one of the promises of the Pakatan Harapan government,” he said.
On Dec 1, 2018, it was reported that Loke said that the subsidised privilege of the My100 and My50 were enjoyed by Malaysians only.
According to www.myrapid.com.my website, for MY100 pass, the fare is capped at RM100 for 30 days for unlimited rides on the LRT, MRT, Monorail, BRT, Rapid KL’s bus and MRT feeder bus services or capped at RM50 for My50 pass for unlimited rides on Rapid KL’s bus and MRT feeder bus services, excluding BRT.
My100 or My50 is sold or activated via MyKad or MyTentera with Touch ‘n Go function or MyRapid concession cards for students below the age of 12.
Meanwhile, according to the company’s Group chief operating officer (operations) Muhammad Nizam Alias, between December 2018 and December last year, a total of 1.17 million of passes were sold with total transactions of 63.6 million for rail usage and 8.1 million for buses.
He said the actual fare per trip basis were RM123.14 million but by using this unlimited pass for 30 days, the amount paid by subscribers were only RM75.76 million.
“There were RM47.38 million in savings or 38 per cent on public transport fare,” he said.
He said other product by Prasarana include Mutiara Pass for Penang folks which was launched on Sept 1, last year.
Source: News Straits Times
Photo: Malay Mail