Hydrogen buses still missing from the roads

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By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has been urged to reveal the progress of the maintenance works being carried out for the three grounded hydrogen-fueled buses.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said SEDC should also provide the details on the estimated time for them to be back in service.

On June 29, SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said the three hydrogen-fueled buses, which were down since January, will resume service after they have undergone the full scheduled maintenance works by their China-based manufacturer, Foshan Feichi Automobile Co.

“Regrettably, more than a month had lapsed and yet there is still no sign that the hydrogen buses will be back on the roads,” she said.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong

“Besides, SEDC has also not disclosed the details of the maintenance work required to fix the three problematic hydrogen-fueled buses.

“We do not know whether technicians from China have flown in to fix them and how long before the issue can be fully resolved; the people are kept in the dark despite millions of ringgit being spent on the bus project,” she said in a statement.

Yong said it would be a total waste for the Sarawak government to continue spending millions of ringgit on this hydrogen bus project which is unreliable, impractical and that the people on the street do not benefit anything out from it.

“It is also disappointing to note that the aim in implementing this hydrogen bus project is not to solve the Sarawak public transport woes but a bombastic one just to satisfy the ego of a few,” she added.

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