Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (HISB) is an experienced and trusted Malaysian bus service provider that has been operating since 2003. Over the years, the company has grown from just 8 buses to more than 600 buses and 50 new electrical vehicles (EV) buses and is now in the midst of setting up an Assembly Plant for Electric Vehicles to support its operations in Malaysia.
HISB earned a reputation for delivering reliable and quality services through its public stage bus services in Johor and Klang Valley, as well as its cross-border bus services between Johor and Singapore, airport shuttle bus services, interstate express bus services, exhibition buses, and chartering services. The company is now looking to expand its fleet operation this year.
HISB’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has made it one of the leading bus service providers in the region. The company is constantly striving to provide reliable, safe and comfortable bus services for its customers, and to stay on top of the latest technological advancements in the industry.
HISB was also awarded the Network Operator of myBAS Johor Bahru 2022, a government-led initiative under the Ministry of Transport to run myBAS along five corridors in Johor namely Kota Tinggi, Pasir Gudang, Gelang Patah, Masai, and Pontian.
With this project, HISB aims to launch its first public EV buses in Johor Bahru on two routes namely myBAS F100 route (KSL and JB Sentral) and myBAS T13 (Larkin Sentral and JB Sentral Bus Terminal) by this year. This transition is part of HISB’s fleet operation transformation toward electric vehicles.
In line with the government’s policy of encouraging localisation of production, sourcing, and industrial linkages, HISB has taken the bold decision to focus on EV buses and vans and is in the midst of setting up its Assembly Plant in Johor Bahru to produce its own electric buses to meet the demand of its electrification plan in Malaysia.
HISB is aware of the marketing and technical hurdles that come with this decision but are confident that the support of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) will help to establish an assembly plant and import of CKD kits. This will help to create more jobs in Malaysia for Malaysians with experience in workshop management or as, foreman, electricians, wiring installers, fabricators automotive quality analyst, spray and bodyworkers (painters), research and development, and other technical jobs related to EV bus manufacturing.
This decision from the management is part of an endeavour to enhance its operations as we move digitalization and sustainability. HISB continues to adopt an economical and clean public transport system through green technology.
In addition, going green is a great intermediate step that is in line with HISB’s efforts to reduce carbon footprints and transition to electric mobility. HISB believes that green technology, automation, and electrification (through smart EVs) represent the future of transportation operation. Electrification and automation will be the next stage of transformation in public transportation fleet management.
As for current initiatives and planning timeline, HISB targets to have the assembly facilities up and running by the middle of 2023.
MyBas Soft Launching with HISB Team