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Do We Need A New National Car Or Better Public Transport? Here’s What M’sians Think

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With news of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir announcing plans for a new national car for Malaysia yesterday (11th June), loads of citizens have understandably given mixed reactions.

While some lauded the move, others deemed it unnecessary and costly, calling on the government to focus on other areas of our country’s transportation system. So, what’s the best course of action for our government to take? Well, we investigate the pros and cons for both sides of the argument, and let you be the judge!

 

The case for a new national car 

  • We can have a national car, just make it environmentally-friendly 

We can all acknowledge that traditional cars emit a lot of carbon and contribute significantly to air pollution. That’s why many believe the new national car should be electric to help reduce our carbon footprint.

As news of a new national car became the topic of discussion on TwitterJaya, many Malaysians have actually welcomed the idea, suggesting that the car should be more environmentally-friendly and electric-powered to help tackle pollution.

  • While electric cars and hybrids can cost more, you’ll be able to save up a lot in the long run 

Let’s be real, an environmentally-friendly national car would be awesome to have – but can most of us even afford it?

According to the Wall Street Journal, electric cars cost a pretty penny, and it’s mostly because of its battery, which usually makes up a third of an electric car’s price.

Although not an incredibly cheap option, hybrids are a little more affordable in comparison to electric cars. Yes, they’re still more expensive than the average petrol-powered car, but they help cut costs in terms of fuel consumption, according to iMoney.

  • A new national car will create more jobs
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Many netizens have also brought up the fact that the development of a new national car will help improve the nation’s economy as it will create a lot more new job opportunities for Malaysians, thus improving our country’s development and income.

 

 

The public transport argument 

  • It carries a lot of economic benefits 
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In response to news of Tun Dr Mahathir’s statement surfaced, the Public Transport Users Association of Malaysia (4PAM) deemed the proposed national car regressive, telling Free Malaysia Today,

“We are shocked that the government of the day is embracing private cars over public transport after cancelling overpriced public transport projects. We would have assumed that the government would find an alternative solution to improve public transport, but to suggest having another national car is simply blind pride.”

It looks like a lot of Malaysians agree with 4PAM, as many have also taken to social media and called for the government to focus on investing in our public transport system instead.

Studies like The Mobility Opportunity have also shown the vast benefits of an efficient public transport system, like boosting a nation’s economic growth while cutting down on economic costs at the same time. On top of that, an improved public transport system can help make the country and its urban areas more accessible and can enable more commuters to get to work on time, making companies more efficient with less delays.

  • A well-integrated public transport system can help mobilise more Malaysians 
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As pointed out by the Campaign for Better Public Transport, an improved public transport system can give millions of Malaysians living in rural areas who cannot afford cars more mobility. This helps remove the many barriers these individuals face from getting employment.

  • Property values will also go up
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Source: wma property

According to Australia’s Tourism and Transport Forum, there is a lot of evidence showing that properties increase in value when public transport is made more accessible.

This is also supported by the Malaysian Property Market Report 2017, which found that a number of residential properties that saw price growth despite the property market slowdown in 2017 were located near LRT or MRT stations, according to The Edge Property.

 

So, what do you think? Would a national car be more beneficial or is investing in improving our public transport system more worth it? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

Also read: Tun M: M’sia Could Get a New National Car Soon with Help From SEA Countries

Tun M: Malaysia Could Be Getting A New National Car Very Soon! - World Of Buzz


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