Most Malaysians Still Aren’t Comfortable Taking Public Transport Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

most malaysians still aren’t comfortable taking public transport amid coronavirus pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the way we go through our daily lives.

The new normal may have even made us more paranoid about where we decide to go out in public, and also made us rethink certain decisions that we wouldn’t have thought twice about if it weren’t for the Movement Control Order (MCO).

A recent survey found that over 90% of Malaysians are still worried about taking public transportation amid the COVID-19 situation, preferring to drive as a precaution.

However, despite Malaysians being concerned for their safety, respondents said they will still continue to take public transportation to save money, or because they have no other alternative.

The survey, conducted by tech-driven automotive content hub WapCar, also found that respondents who are planning to purchase a car, are opting to reduce spending and lower their budget. 47% of the respondents surveyed were only willing to spend less than RM100,000 for their next car purchase.

These include models like the Toyota Vios, Honda City, Perodua’s Bezza, Axia and Aruz, and Proton’s X50, X70 and Saga. 

Car sales have spiked since June, and it seems most Malaysians are choosing to buy cheaper and more fuel-efficient vehicles. The government’s exemption on sales tax until the end of this year is also expected to further spur demand. 

Here’s a breakdown of what the survey found:

most malaysians still aren’t comfortable taking public transport amid coronavirus pandemic

most malaysians still aren’t comfortable taking public transport amid coronavirus pandemic

most malaysians still aren’t comfortable taking public transport amid coronavirus pandemic

most malaysians still aren’t comfortable taking public transport amid coronavirus pandemic

What about you? Are you scared to take public transport? And are you thinking about getting a new car anytime soon?

 

by Kyle Roshen Jacob