“Travel and mobility are both essential in day-to-day living, and we aim, through the Melaka Green Transport Implementation Masterplan and supporting plans, to provide what is necessary to trigger a positive behavioural change among locals and tourists alike.” Honorable Datuk Seri Utama Haji Sulaiman bin Md Ali, Chief Minister of Melaka
The Green Transport Implementation Masterplan Launch Event
The Melaka Green Transport Implementation Masterplan (GTIMP) was officially launched on 16 July 2022 by the Chief Minister of Melaka, Honourable Datuk Seri Utama Haji Sulaiman bin Md Ali and the British High Commissioner to Malaysia His Excellency Charles Hay MVO. The launch of the Masterplan also kickstarts a month-long sustainable transport Pilot Phase until 19 August 2022.
The event started off with a traditional Melaka Dondang Sayang dance by Briged Seni, a warm welcome prepared especially for the British High Commissioner. A UK FCP video was also presented to provide a better understanding on the project.
Honourable Datuk Rahmad bin Mariman, State EXCO Member for Public Works, Transport, Public Facilities, Infrastructure and Flood Management presented the Welcome Address, where he briefly spoke about the State aspirations including the provision of a public transport system that is inclusive, safe and accessible, reduction in travel cost and time by enabling real-time digital public bus information, promoting a healthier lifestyle through active mobility, increasing road safety, reducing pollution through provision of greener travel options and improving the mobility system integration through enhanced governance and multi-agency collaborations.
His Excellency Charles Hay MVO then presented his Opening Remarks, where he said that “With their successful implementation of a green transportation system, Melaka is set to be a role model for other cities. The UK is proud to have supported Melaka in its journey to become greener and more sustainable.”
Honorable Datuk Seri Utama Haji Sulaiman bin Md Ali reiterated the messages of Honourable Datuk Rahmad bin Mariman and went on to acknowledge the UK FCP’s Steering Committee, Technical Working Group, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Consultative Group as well as the community for the support and expertise offered throughout the development of the GTIMP. He also expressed his appreciation to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for their generous support and efforts in ensuring the successful delivery of the plans in Melaka, before officially launching the GTIMP
His Excellency Charles Hay MVO then handed over a physical copy of the GTIMP to Honorable Datuk Seri Utama Haji Sulaiman bin Md Ali, after which an exchange of mementos took place.
After the launch, Hexon Data Sdn Bhd and TRYKE Transportation, both local collaborators on the pilot project, presented on journey planning / bus tracking technology and micro-mobility respectively.
The event then moved outdoors, where TRYKE Transportation demonstrated the technology behind the TRYKE mobile application as well as their e-scooters and e-bicyles, with Honourable Datuk Rahmad bin Mariman and His Excellency Charles Hay MVO testing out the e-scooters.
Hexon Data demonstrated their Justnaik mobile application on the Hop-On Hop-Off (HOHO) and Route 17 buses, where the attendees were able to see the real-time bus tracking information in action through a short 10-minute bus tour.
Following the launch event, pilot projects will be implemented for a period of one month. These include e-scooters and e-bicycles, in partnership with TRYKE Malaysia, that will be positioned in the heritage area along the river walk and A-Famosa. Panorama Melaka Sdn Bhd will deploy electric buses and, in partnership with Hexon Data, the JustNaik app will be piloted on the Melaka Sentral – Ujong Pasir bus (Route 17) and the hop-on-hop-off bus. Pedestrianisation hours of Jonker Walk area will also be extended to help local businesses and to encourage tourism. The UK FCP hopes that these pilot activities will provide useful practices and can be further expanded over time throughout Melaka to provide reliable and sustainable travel options.
More about launching event please refer to the local media coverage:
The Pilot Project
The Pilot Project aims to test the feasibility of real-time public bus information to enable journey planning with affordable travel options, as well as the adoption of micro-mobility as healthier first and last mile travel alternatives.
Hexon Data’s justnaik mobile application will apply to two public bus routes, namely the Melaka Sentral– Ujong Pasir bus, also known as the Route 17 bus, as well as the HOHO bus which travels from Melaka Sentral to Masjit Selat. The public would just need to download the mobile application to see where the bus is located at a particular time. This, along with the published bus timetable, would enable more efficient journey planning throughout the month.
To those in Melaka, scan below to try the justnaik technology on the two public bus routes:
Meanwhile, TRYKE Transportation’s e-scooters and e-bicycles will be placed along the River Walk in the Heritage Area. By downloading the mobile application, users will need to either link to a credit/debit card or purchase TRYKE credits. They would then just need to scan the barcode on the vehicle of their choice to start a ride.
Scan the QR codes below to test out a fun e-scooter or e-bicycle along the River Walk in Melaka:
To further inculcate the aims of the GTIMP and pilot project, three posters have been developed, and will be showcased by City Partner, Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri (UPEN) Melaka on their social media accounts throughout the month.
Information brochures were developed to provide a summary of the GTIMP along with summaries of the supporting Plans: the Green Bus Network Implementation Plan (GBNIP) and the Heritage Area Integrated Mobility Plan (HAIMP). These were given out during the GTIMP launch and will also be shared digitally with stakeholders.
The UK FCP Melaka team also developed a microsite to provide details on the pilot project, including an introduction to the UK FCP, alignment to the UN SDGs, bus route details and timetables, as well as summaries of the three Plans.
The microsite can be found here.
The Green Transport Implementation Masterplan (GTIMP) acts as the overarching framework which also encompasses the Green Bus Network Masterplan (GBNIP) and the Heritage Area Mobility Plan (HAIMP). It aims to guide the future identification, planning, design and delivery of green transport interventions that will enable sustainable travel.
This Masterplan aims to provide an avenue to the State as an implementer to act as an overarching framework to support Melaka in achieving a sustainable transport network. The GTIMP identifies key challenges in the transport system and suggests recommendations and best practice to overcome these challenges. The GTIMP aligns fully with the Malaysia Government aspirations, including:
The GTIMP also focuses on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) initiatives towards ensuring that no one gets left behind. Throughout its development, input from the GESI Consultative Group provided useful insight into the limitations that marginalised communities face in their day-to-day travel, and the GTIMP includes strategies to enhance the accessibility of public transport, in line with the State’s Strategic Plan, Melakaku Maju Jaya (PMSJ) 2035.
The GTIMP aims to help provide measures to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions from transport and contribute towards a reduction of economy-wide carbon intensity of 45% by 2030, as envisaged in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Measures include improving public transport accessibility and encouraging a behavioural change from private to public transport, which will also contribute to the protection and preservation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Melaka.
The successful delivery of the Masterplan and supporting implementation plans by the UK FCP in Melaka would not have been possible without the support and expertise of the various contributors throughout the development stages.
The UK Government through the UK FCDO has provided invaluable input from the inception of the UK FCP, and the Programme would not have been possible without their generosity and support.
The City Partner, UPEN Melaka, Lead Agency Melaka Green Tech (PTHM), Steering Committee, Technical Working Group, GESI Consultative Group and UN-Habitat all played pivotal roles throughout the Programme and in the development of the plans.
The commitment from the Public Works Department (JKR), Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB), Majlis Perbandaran Hang Tuah Jaya (MPHTJ), Majlis Perbandaran Alor Gajah (MPAG), Majlis Perbandaran Jasin (MPJ), and Panorama Melaka Sdn Bhd (PMSB) was also crucial throughout the Programme.
With the implementation of the GTIMP, GBNIP and HAIMP, Melaka will be that much closer towards achieving the State aspirations.
It is the hope of the UK FCP that this Masterplan will support the State in catalysing investments towards long-term economic growth for Melaka, which will in turn benefit the community and improve living standards.
For more information about the Green Transport Implementation Masterplan, please watch this video.
External Affairs & Communications Lead Global Future Cities Programme Malaysia