Reolian services cost MOP7mil a month

The government has forked out ‘some 7 million patacas (US$875,000) a month on average’ to sustain the bus services of the bankrupted Reolian Public Transport Co, the Transport Bureau has revealed for the first time. The figure comes from a written reply by the Bureau’s director Wong Wan to an enquiry by legislator Chan Meng Kam. The government has temporarily taken over Reolian’s operation including its employees and buses since the latter declared bankruptcy in October. Mr Wong is confident that a deal can be reached with an unidentified firm to take over the service before its takeover period expires by end-June.