Malaysia's ex-top cop heads public transport firm

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's just- retired police chief Khalid Abu Bakar was yesterday named group chairman of the biggest public rail-and-bus company in the country, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

Tan Sri Khalid, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 yesterday, was also appointed as Malaysia's special envoy to boost relations for efforts against terrorism, extremism and human trafficking, Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement.

"The appointment is due to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar's extensive experience and good relationship with international agencies throughout his term as the Inspector-General of Police in addressing the issues," Datuk Seri Najib said.

Mr Khalid's position as the top cop has been taken over by Special Branch chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Prasarana owns and operates two LRT networks and the KL Monorail system in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding Klang Valley.

The company also runs several bus services linked to the stations of the rail networks in the Klang Valley, apart from operating buses in Penang and the Pahang capital of Kuantan.

The appointment comes at a time when the Malaysian government is pushing for more people to use public transport to reduce traffic congestion. The Klang Valley, which is also known as Greater KL, has a new MRT system which is operated by MRT Corp.

"Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will continue the mission and vision of Prasarana to build and provide world-class public transport services and increase the use of public transport," said Mr Najib.

Mr Khalid replaces former Prasarana chairman Ismail Adam, a senior civil servant, whose six-year tenure ended on Aug 31.

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