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Ehailing, taxi services should be given grace period to pick up passengers at KLIA2, say groups



PETALING JAYA: E-hailing and taxi services must have a grace period to pick up passengers at Gate 5, Level 1 of KLIA2, says Malaysian e-hailing Drivers Association President Darly Chong.

He said that while additional charges were imposed to prevent drivers from waiting for customers or causing congestion in the pickup area, it was unfair as most drivers were forced to wait longer for customers to exit the airport.

“A lot of customers don’t book after leaving the airport. They do it while they are inside or while waiting for their luggage.

“This is why drivers are seen parked longer due to delayed customers, so it is unfair to impose additional charges on us.

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“To reduce congestion at klia2, management could implement a 15-minute grace period, similar to the one imposed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA),” he told The Star on Sunday (Oct 23).

In a memo issued Thursday by operator RACG Sdn Bhd, changes were made to KLIA2 with the installation of a gantry on Level 1 where drivers must touch their Touch n’ Go to enter the pickup area.

An additional fee of RM2 is charged for each ticket to passenger pick-up at Gate 5.

The memo also states that all vehicles requesting service must make a round trip again when the given time period expires, and drivers must ensure that they have at least RM20 left on their Touch n’ Go card.

Following the new rule, which caused a stir among taxi and trucking services, as of October 23, management agreed not to activate the use of Touch ‘n Go until a comprehensive solution is achieved as part of a short term solution.

The decision was posted by Gabungan e-mailing Malaysian activist José Rizal on his social media page after a meeting with the airport management team comprised of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, WCT Malls Management SB, Segi Astana SB and RA Consult Global. Sdn Bhd.

“Management has given a comprehensive response and invited us together with the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) to discuss and exchange views on the best solution for all parties.

“Various issues and proposed solutions have been reported and follow-up actions will be reported from time to time.

“For a short-term solution, management has agreed not to activate the Touch ‘n Go automatic door beginning today until a suitable solution is achieved later,” he said.

He thanked terminal management for taking action in response to complaints from drivers and consumers alike.

Meanwhile, Gabungan Teksi SeMalaysia (GTSM) Chairman Kamarudin Mohd Hussain said it was wrong for management to impose the fee at such short notice.

“They gave us less than 24 hours. Notice was given to us the night before, and there was no meeting or engagement session held on the matter.

“This looks like another ploy to make some money at the expense of the drivers, who are already struggling. Drivers are always the victims in these situations.

“If they wanted to reduce airport congestion, they should find a better way instead of ‘taxing’ drivers,” he said.

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Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15



KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).

He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.

“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.

“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.

Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”

On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.

A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .

I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.

He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).

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PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019



KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.

The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.

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“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.

Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.

For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.

READ ALSO: PTPTN loan discounts a welcome move

“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.

“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.

Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.

READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students

“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.

It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.

“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.

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Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang



KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.

“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.

He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.

“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

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