This is what happens after Penang Port was controversially privatised last year to Sea Terminal Sdn Bhd, linked to Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
The ferry service is atrocious, oil prices have plunged, but now the ferry fares are to be raised.
Instead of subsidising low-income passengers who use the ferries, a more eco-friendly way to travel (many of them hop on to a RapidPenang bus upon reaching the island), these commuters are going to be penalised with a hefty 67 per cent fare rise from RM1.20 to RM2.00. Way to go, PPC/Penang Port – hit the commuters where it hurts at a time when they are already going to bear the burden of GST.
NST reports the following:
GEORGE TOWN: Users of the iconic Penang ferry may have to pay more, based on a proposed fare hike circular issued by Penang Port Commission (PPC).
The circular, titled ‘Proposed Ferry Tariff Hikes’ by the regulatory body, have been placed at the Butterworth and George Town ferry terminals, and went viral over social media platforms.
Under the proposed fares, car owners would have to pay RM9 from the present RM7.70 while pedestrians may have to pay RM2, 80 sen more from the present rate.
The fare for motorcycles is slated to rise from RM2 to RM3.50, while the cost of the monthly season ticket for students, will be doubled from RM3 to RM6, and for adults, from RM30 to RM50, if approved.
Lorries with two axles with four wheels may be charged RM20 (previously RM13.20) and lorries with two axles and six wheels (RM40 from RM27.50).
Cyclists are also not spared as they may have to pay 10 sen more from the present RM1.40.
The PPC has also urged users to email their comments or objections to [email protected]