KL has a new mayor.
It's just his first day at work and he is already under the illusion that the city's public transportation has improved.
Well, to be fair to him, Lulu would agree that there is improvement, but we started on a near zero base. There is still much room for improvement before we can actually say that the city workers have a real and fair choice whether or not to drive in to towm.
Anyway, he is already flirting with congestion fees.
"There are LRT and other public transportation into the city. We might need to adjust and improve the public transport system further," he said at his first Press conference at City Hall headquarters here yesterday.Hakim, 56, clocked in at 8am and had his first official meeting with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique and City Hall department heads and advisers.Lulu cannot help but wonder how he got to work.
Did he use this "much improved" public transport that he is praising to get to work on his first day?
Will he be willing to take up the burden of real-life real-commuters, to walk in their shoes and use public transportation from his home to get to City Hall?
Lulu has heard some of these "public officials" use the excuse of having functions to attend and therefore would need the car. Not a problem. Leave the official car in the office, and use it for the functions.
But from home to office, office to home, use the public transport. everyday. not just on joy ride with reporters.
Face the challenge of getting a bus from your home to the station. Or finding carpark space at the station if you drive there.
Then try boarding an LRT after 7:30 am.
Going home - try boarding a train after 6:00pm.
You're tired and you have to wait half an hour for the feeder bus.
Do it for a month. Then you'd gain some credibility when you speak.
Until then, Lulu will have to take what you say with a pinch of salt.