First Hino Hybrid Bus To Enter Malaysia For Monitoring Project In Medini

MEDINI, ISKANDAR PUTERI, JOHOR, 15 JUNE 2017 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Mitsui & Co., Ltd (‘Mitsui’), Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (‘MIM’), HINO Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (‘HINO’) and Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (‘Handal Indah’) to bring to Medini City the first hybrid bus in Malaysia.

The culmination of efforts between the four parties was made possible when Mitsui and MIM invited Hino to conduct its trial run through Medini City where the bus will be operated by Handal Indah. The trial run of the hybrid bus will go on for five months starting early July 2017. There will be six routes for the trial run, one of it is the Iskandar Puteri route that allows commuters to travel from Puteri Harbour Ferry Terminal to Larkin Sentral via Medini.

The MOU is signed at a perfect time as it is aligned with Iskandar Malaysia Low Carbon Society Blueprint, where it aims to reduce carbon intensity in Iskandar Malaysia by 58 per cent by 2025. The introduction of hybrid bus could also potentially be part of a future modern fleet of public transportation in Iskandar Malaysia, where they can offer economical and clean public transport system.

“A big part of Iskandar Malaysia’s journey towards becoming a Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing focuses on green environment and smart city living. We embrace ideas and initiatives that contribute towards these two agendas. As such, the possibility of having hybrid busses transporting people across the region is something very exciting and inspiring,” Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

Being the first bus with hybrid technology to enter Malaysia, HINO Hybrid Bus, has the potential to be one of the Energy Efficient Vehicle (“EEV”) in the future. Powered by Euro 3 engine, this hybrid bus has the advantage in improving fuel efficiency with the combination of diesel engine and battery in HINO new HV system. In average, this feature will improve fuel saving than a conventional diesel engine city bus. Apart from that, the hybrid technology reduces CO2 emission, hence it is environmental-friendly. Designed with wider air suspension for extra riding comfort, this is a low-floor designed chassis and has flexibility for special needs and able to cater up to 75 capacity including standing passengers. Thus, HINO Hybrid Bus will venture into a new market segment in Malaysia with the class of its own in near future.

Medini City is a Central Business District located in the heart of Iskandar Puteri, a key development within Iskandar Malaysia. With its vision of becoming the Icon of Future City Living, Medini is paving its way as a smart city development.

A shareholder of MIM, Mitsui brings with them a wealth of experience in smart city development in Medini. Mitsui is also collaborator of Hino for future marketing of Iskandar BRT project.

Dr James Tee, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of MIM said, “Medini City will ultimately produce a smart and sustainable community where residents, visitors and investors alike can experience a place that is uniquely liveable, connected, efficient and safe. By delivering smart solutions like the hybrid bus initiative, we look forward to seeing local bus operators including hybrid bus models in their fleet.”

Continuous improvisation to seeing this project success, Mr. Ken Iwamoto, Managing Director of Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd on the other hand, highlighting this Hybrid Bus advantage towards the smart city project, “Unique aspects of commercial vehicles include their comparatively large size and loading capacities, the long distances they travel, and their wide array of uses and places where they are used. Taking into account these varying conditions, HINO Motors considers what types of environmental technologies are most suitable. By providing users with optimally equipped vehicles, we believe HINO Hybrid Bus has the advantage in providing vehicle with improved fuel-efficiency and zero carbon.”

Ms Lim Chern Fang, Managing Director of Handal Indah Sdn. Bhd. for Operations and Marketing Department said, “The role of Handal Indah is to provide the most efficient, reliable and friendly bus service to the commuters. We embrace change by constantly assessing and improving the public bus service with the new technology. We are keen to move towards a smart transportation to introduce a cleaner and more fuel-efficient means of urban transportation for the commuters and benefiting the community at large.”

After the signing ceremony, participants get a glimpse of the hybrid bus.


About Handal Indah Sdn. Bhd.

Handal Indah Sdn. Bhd. was established in the year 2003 with 8 buses breaking a 30-year monopoly on cross-border bus service operated by a Singaporean based company. The company also known as “Causeway Link: the Smiling Bus” is one of the largest public bus company provider in Johor Bahru. Over the years, Handal Indah has expanded to more than 10 major cities and towns in Peninsular Malaysia with over 550 buses that caters to approximately 3 million passengers per month.

The company covers a wide range of transportation services including bus chartering, express bus coaches, Singapore and Malaysia cross-border bus operations, Johor Bahru local bus operations, Airport shuttle bus services and mobile exhibition for events and promotions.

Handal Indah is the first operator to establish centralized services monitoring and real-time commuter support. In addition, the company also introduced its own contactless ticketing and mobile-based journey planning to leverage on technology to bring about convenience and peace of mind for the regular commuters.

 For more information, contact:

Ng Kok Cheong                                                                              Lim Chern Fang

+60 12-709 6797                                                                           +60 12-720 6001                                          

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About Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“MIM”) is the master planner and master developer of the 2,230-acre urban township Medini, located in the heart of Iskandar Puteri. Poised to become the Central Business District of Iskandar Puteri, Medini offers incentives uniquely available to Medini, MIM welcomes investors who seek investment opportunities at a destination strategically located near Singapore.

Established in 2017, Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“MIM”) owned by Jasmine Acres Sdn Bhd (60%), United World Infrastructure (20%) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd (20%), MIM’s largest shareholder Jasmine Acres is jointly owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad.

For more information, contact:                                                  

Haniza Abdul Hamid

Senior Vice President, Communications

+60 19-771 5357

Izzayati Husna Ahmad

Associate, Communications

+60 19-717 6270

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About Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. – HMSM is a subsidiary of Hino Motors Limited Japan under Toyota Group of Company. HMSM offers series of products ranged from Light Commercial Vehicles (HINO 300 series), Medium-Heavy Duty Vehicles (HINO 500 series), Heavy Duty Vehicles (HINO 700 series) and buses. Since its establishment in Malaysia in 1977, HMSM has been working closely with its dealers to improve their services through upgrading to 3S (Sales, Services and Spare Parts) status which provides a total package of services and offers conveniences to customers across the country. HINO products are some of the most technologically advanced in the Malaysian commercial vehicle market.

For more information, contact: 

Andrew Lee                                                                                                      Bibi Ayshah Abd Karim

Senior Manager                                                                                              Executive, Public Relations

+60 3-7957 5199 ext. 154                                                                            +60 3-7957 5199 ext. 352                                                                 

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About Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mitsui (or Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui)) is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 139 offices in 66 countries as of May, 2017. Utilizing our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Integrated Transportation Systems, Chemicals, Energy, Food, Food & Retail Management, Healthcare & Service, Consumer Business, IT & Communication Business, Corporate Development Business Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world.

For more information, contact:

Mr Kenichiro Kawamoto                                                                              Steven Lim

General Manager, Integrated Transport                                                Deputy Manager, Integrated Transport

Systems Division                                                                                              Systems Division

+60 3-2116 8000                                                                                             +60 3-2116 8000                                                                

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