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KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the taxi service should be improved in line with the increased taxi fare

“The fare increase is relevant due to the door-to-door service provided by taxis. Compared with bus and rail services which use specific routes to pick up passengers, taxis cater for affordable individuals and tourists seeking comfort and convenience.”

Abdul Aziz was speaking to reporters after launching the National Shipping Conference 2015 here, today.

He said the implementation of the new rate taxi fare effective March 19 was also expected to boost the country’s tourism industry.

Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar had announed taxi fare hike of 20-67 percent effective March 19 while bus and rail fares will increase by 22.6 per cent effective May 15.

Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said the shipping industry facilitated about 95percent of Malaysia’s trade in terms of volume and contributed about RM15 billion to the economy in 2014.

He said although Malaysian shipping had performed well over the years, there was room for improvement, especially in terms of ensuring that a significant portion of goods and services were handled by domestic ships.

“New strategies and processes are required that will help shape the industry to meet the vagaries of the domestic and international markets.

Themed ‘Revitalising Malaysian Shipping for a Stronger Economy’, the conference gathered about 200 shipping industry experts and leaders nationwide. – BERNAMA


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