KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 ― KTM Berhad clarified today that an appeal was made to the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to increase KTM Komuter ticket prices, but the Cabinet has yet to approve the proposed fare hike.
KTM Berhad chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said the fare increases were proposed to cover the train service’s operation costs so as not to depend on government subsidy.
“I cannot make the decision, I can only ask,” Nawawi told Malay Mail Online over the phone.
“For many years since 2002, there is no increase at all. Our cost per kilometre is at 20 sen but our ticket price per passenger only covers 11 sen per kilometre. Right now, our operating revenue cannot cover our operating cost,” he added.
He said he is uncertain if the Cabinet will agree to his request to hike the price up to 20 sen per kilometre for each passenger, or to change it to another rate.
The Star Online reported earlier today Nawawi, who is also Langkawi MP from Umno, as saying that the new fares will come into effect on December 2, reportedly going up from 11 sen per km to 15 sen.
“I didn't confirm; I am only asking for a hike. It is up to the government to set the price. They have the authority and power to set the fare,” he told Malay Mail Online.
Nawawi added that he wants to break even with the ticket prices next year, instead of asking for subsidy from the government again.
SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar reportedly said last month that fares for the light rail transit (LRT) and monorail will be revised, indicating that prices were likely to go up.
Tolls at most highways in the Klang Valley were raised last month.