The ferry service is now under the Transport Ministry that is seeking to discontinue this useful if unprofitable operation as soon as the Penang Bridge expansion work is completed.
This is what happens when this kind of operation is decided at Putrajaya. This ferry operation should managed by the Penang authorities, with the federal government providing an annual budget to Penang.
This budget could be based on some formula to subsidise public transport and the funds could come from road tax and excise duties on cars purchased by the Penang population.
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