Monday, November 14, 2016


17 OCTOBER 2016 AT 11.00 A.M, 


Thank you to the emcee
Alhamdullillahi rabbil a’lamin, peace and blessings upon the beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister OF Malaysia
YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport
YBhg Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Management and Delivery Unit
Encik Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah, Chief Executive Officer, Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat
Members of the Commission, Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat
Secretary Generals and Senior Government Officials
Excellencies, High Commissioners and ambAssadors
Distinguished Guests and Participants of the LPT Symposium 2016
Members of the Media

1. First and foremost, let us thank Allah Subhanawata’ala because it is with his grace that we are able to be here today for such a meaningful moment in the nation’s land public transport transformation journey. 
Ladies and gentlemen,

2. On behalf of SPAD, I would like to thank the Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak for making the time to be with us today. He is our greatest supporter for land public transportation. I know he has got a very heavy and tight schedule, but he chose to spend time with us today.

3. SPAD also happens to be YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib’s brainchild. It was in 2010 when he announced that SPAD would be formed and put directly under the purview of the Prime Minister.

4. I was called to meet the Prime Minister back then. When I was asked by the Prime Minister to become the chairman of SPAD at that time, I was blown away! I never thought for one moment that I would be on the other side of public transport as this was outside the area that I was used to – I have been in the banking and legal fields but never in public transport. I was unsure if I could do it. 

5. Swinging in, suddenly from a minister into an industry which has its own unique culture has proven to be a challenging and interesting experience. 

6. SPAD started with 2 people, myself and former CEO, Mohamed Nur Ismal Kamal, who is now the CEO of MYHSR. Later I was joined by former SPAD COO, Dato' Sri Shahril Mokhtar and former SPAD CDO, Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz, who are now respectively CEO of MRT Corp and Group CEO of PRASARANA.

7. In that respect, SPAD is not only a pioneer in public transport. It is also contributor to the land public transport industry in terms of personnel.

8. In the beginning of course, there were a lot of challenges and we would not have been able to meet these challenges, without the support of others. I would like to thank Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, who is a great believer in public transport and of course, thanks to the ministry of transport, which is the transport policy maker and sets the NKRA KPI on public transport. It is our duty as a regulator, to work together hand in hand for the benefit of the people.
Ladies and gentlemen,

9. We are living in a globalised world where changes are the order of the day. In our industry, we are witnessing the dynamics of this change, in industry as well as technology.
10. For instance, from the conventional diesel powered trains, we have moved on to fast trains and now to high speed trains using maglev-superconductor technology.

11. As you can see, the technology is actually moving, progressing and improving all the time. We will very quickly become out of date, if we do not move together with the changes that happen.

12. Malaysia, 5 years ago had decided, that we must move with the times. We cannot afford to stay where we are, if we want to progress and become a high income nation.

13. Of course there will be challenges along the way, such as the refinement of rail, bus and taxi services, and improving safety and reliability across all modes. This is an ongoing process through the commission’s licensing conditions and regulatory requirements from operators. We hope for continued support from all our stakeholders.
Ladies and gentlemen,
14. In the 5 years since SPAD was established, we have come a long way in land public transport improvements. Trains for example have improved a lot. From the conventional train we now have the ETS, and soon the MRT and in the future the HSR. 

15. I am still very excited now after these 5 years. I see that there is transformation in public transport and I think that if you say this to anyone, they will not disagree with you. 

16. In fact, we have seen a rise in modal share increase, which is an early result from the planning and implementation of various initiatives including on policy, infrastructure projects and regulatory actions. Given the complexity and dynamism of the industry, there is still much to be done to elevate the Malaysian land public transport system comparable to world class standards

Ladies and gentlemen,

17. The 5 years land public transport transformation journey book to be unveiled by the prime minister this morning, is a report on the work done, the progress made and the projects for the future in accordance with the national land public transport master plan. 

18. It is testament to government’s commitment to make Malaysia’s land public transport the catalyst for socio-economic growth and development.

Ladies and gentlemen,

19. SPAD is grateful to be given the trust and opportunity to work towards a world class land public transport system that will benefit Malaysians. 

20. YAB Dato’ Sri, i would like to thank you again for giving me the opportunity and I hope your confidence is well justified.

21. Thank you.

22. Wabillahitaufiq Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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