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Wan Junaidi, Ku Nan disagree on small bikes ban in KL

 | January 17, 2017

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, taking a swipe at the proposal by Tengku Adnan to ban the use of small motorcycles in the city, asks why not ban larger vehicles.

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wan-junaidi-ku-nanKUALA LUMPUR: The natural resources and environment minister is at loggerheads with a fellow Cabinet member over a proposal to ban the “kap chai” from entering the capital city to reduce carbon emissions.

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said larger vehicles outnumbered the “kap chais”, or smaller cc motorcycles, in the city.

“So why ban the small vehicles and not the big ones?” he said when asked to comment on Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s (Ku Nan) proposal to ban the small motorcycles to reduce carbon emissions.

Wan Junaidi was speaking to reporters after attending his ministry’s monthly gathering at Menara Kuala Lumpur here.

Yesterday, Tengku Adnan had said his ministry was looking at prohibiting these motorcycles and deterring people from driving into the capital once public transportation was available at a reasonable price.

This initiative, which he said was adopted in “many cities”, was meant to reduce carbon emissions. He had also said these motorcycles were used by snatch thieves in the city.

Wan Junaidi said no discussions had been held with Tengku Adnan over the matter, but said “scientific research” was needed before making such a suggestion. He added that there was a need to identify the biggest producers of carbon emissions.

“Then we can cut it off.”

The Sarawakian MP went on to suggest that Tengku Adnan’s ministry consider providing free shuttle bus services, as in England, which would encourage more people to use public transport.

“This way there will be less vehicles on the road, which means less fossil fuels used.”

On a separate matter, he hoped no more concessions would be given to loggers in Sarawak. He said those who cleared land illegally should have their licences revoked.

Such a move, he said, would also prevent native land from being encroached upon.

“If the new chief minister (Abang Johari Abang Openg) continues Adenan Satem’s policy on illegal loggers, it will be beneficial to the people and the state,” Wan Junaidi added.

 


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