FT minister says the kapchai ban is only at the proposal stage and if the people are against the ban, it won't be implemented.
KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor today clarified that the ban on small capacity engine motorcycles, popularly known as kapchai, from entering the city centre was only a proposal and would not be implemented if the people disagreed.
Tengku Adnan said the proposal had been distorted by certain parties.
“We can feel the pulse of the rakyat (people). If they do not want it, we will follow the (wishes of the) rakyat, so (riders of) kapchai motorcyclists need not worry as we will not implement it,” he told reporters here today.
Tengku Adnan was reported earlier as saying the proposal to ban the entry of kapchai into the city centre, was among the many other efforts to reduce carbon emissions apart from tackling snatch thefts.
He also said its implementation would be considered if there was public transport available at reasonable fares for passengers.
“The problem is we are not banning (the kapchai) straightaway. I said, we are looking into the proposal, maybe yes or maybe no.
“I know that many residents need the vehicle (kapchai) especially the low-income group to get to work as it is very economical,” he said.
A report on the proposal became viral on social media and drew a backlash from people who disagreed with the suggestion.
Earlier, Tengku Adnan opened a ready-to-wear boutique known as Bohari owned by fashion designer Ridzuan Bohari at Sunway Putra Mall here.
Tengku Adnan said he hoped Kuala Lumpur would continue to be a shopping haven with the opening of more business outlets at shopping centres in the federal capital.
“The establishment of more outlets such as Bohari, will contribute towards attracting more visitors to Kuala Lumpur and we hope local products will expand into international markets,” he said.