Getting London bus back on the road
By Kelly Koh Ling Min
One of the two London buses that used to take tourists on a tour of Malacca city that is being repaired at a cost of RM100,000. — Picture by Rasul Azli Samad
MALACCA: One of the two double-decker red tour buses which were brought here from London three years ago and temporarily placed in the State Transportation Museum would cost RM100,000 to be repaired.
However, it would not cost its owners, the Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council, a single sen as Mamee Double Decker (M) Bhd has come to the rescue.
The Malacca-based snacks maker is forking out the money needed to get the bus plying the roads of the historical city again as it takes tourists on tour.
Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council president Sapiah Haron said the repairs would take a month or two, depending on how soon the spare parts from London can be obtained.
The bus had been out of service and made a museum exhibit since last September.
The other bus, which is undergoing repairs at a workshop in Sungai Udang, is owned by the Malacca Historical City Council.
It is expected to resume operations soon.
The buses, which are also known as the Panorama Bus, were brought to Malacca from London in 2007 at a cost of RM200,000 each.
The London Bus, as they are known by locals here, started its services on Aug 14, 2007.
It makes 13 stops, including shopping and leisure areas. The buses are operated by Panorama Malacca Cultural Tourism Sdn Bhd.