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68 stage bus companies get RM16.56m in government aid
KUALA LUMPUR: The government has approved an allocation of RM16.56 million to help 68 stage bus companies to reduce their costs of operations, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the amount was part of the RM400 million worth of grants approved by the government last year which aimed at helping the stage bus companies to provide better services to the people.
Fifteen of the companies are operating in Johor, followed by Perak (14), Selangor and Federal Territories (nine), Sarawak (seven), Kedah (five), Negeri Sembilan (five), Sabah (four), Pahang (three), Terengganu (three) and one each in Melaka, Kelantan and Penang, he said in reply to Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani) during question time.
Meanwhile, when replying to Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Rasah) on the Electric Train Service (ETS) provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), Ahmad said since its commencement on Aug 12, 2010 till April 30 this year, the ETS had collected over RM39.1 million in ticket sales.
He said ETS offered 12 trips daily for the Kuala Lumpur Sentral-Ipoh and Ipoh-Seremban routes involving an average monthly cost of RM3.5 million.
"In the first year of its service, the ETS had collected RM6.36 million in ticket sales, followed by RM23.2 million last year and RM9.57 million in the first four months this year," he added. -- BERNAMA