GEORGE TOWN, May 1 – Rapid Ferry Sdn Bhd, a unit of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, will officially take over the Penang ferry service operations tomorrow. Penang Port Commission (PPC) Chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said the takeover was in line with the federal government’s decision on Sept 27, 2017, to improve the quality of service of one of the state’s icon.
“Beginning tomorrow, Penang ferry is expected to experience changes and undergo a paradigm shift aimed at meeting the challenges and customers’ demand,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony of the ferry service’s takeover agreement here today. The island’s ferry service is run by Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) since the corporatisation of Penang Port in January 1994.
Tan said all properties belonging to PCC at the Sultan Abdul Halim and Raja Tun Uda ferry terminals would be withdrawn from their current leases to PPSB. “The terminals will be leased to the new operator from tomorrow,” he said, adding that with the move, he hoped the ferry service would no longer be politicised.
“The ferry service will be undergoing a transformation to enable it to become more efficient and competitive. Under the Penang Port Commission Act 1955 and the Ports (Privatization) Act 1990, PPC will continue as the port authority and oversee the activities and operations of Rapid Ferry,” he added.