Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to include 2 public transport projects – TRANSIT needs your feedback!

TRANSIT has taken note of the recent public open houses in which the government introduced its proposed Economic Transformation Programme, a wholly-Keynesian spending package that is a combination of economic stimulus plan and economic growth plan.

TRANSIT will post our comments about the ETP projects which are related to public transport, namely:

  • the proposed MRT network for the Klang Valley, including the planning process as well as the public display, planning & construction for MRT Line 1, MRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3; [TRANSIT: Please note that all updates on the MRT are tagged with the prefix MRT Update. For information on the land acquisition controversy in KL Chinatown click here.]
  • the high-speed rail link between KL and Singapore (and some say Penang); [TRANSIT: Please note that all updates on the High Speed Rail are tagged with the prefix HSR Update.]
  • as well as our analysis of an interview with Idris Jala about the two projects above.


It is hoped that the Economic Transformation Programme will help elevate Malaysia from a “middle-income” nation stuck in the “middle-income trap” to a “high-income nation”. Of course, given the Malaysian government’s penchant for awarding high value projects to crony contractors at massively inflated prices, we have to wonder who’s income will be increased in this nation first!

That said, we understand that the Malaysian economy has reached such a state that industry cannot be trusted to take on any initiative without government planning, leadership, hand-holding and subsidy – which is effectively what the Economic Transformation Programme is going to be. It will also be an interesting project for economists – since Malaysia will be focusing on building its economy and measuring the success of the economy using the Gross National Income (GNI), rather than measuring economic output through the outdated and incomplete (but commonly used) Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

For background information on the main projects of the Economic Transformation Programme see the following articles:

or visit the Economic Transformation Programme website.

As usual, we at TRANSIT need your comments and feedback on Malaysia’s first and best public transport forum – so we can get through the politics and the “announcements” and focus on building a national economy that is equitable, sustainable and competitive.

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21 thoughts on “Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to include 2 public transport projects – TRANSIT needs your feedback!”

  1. Thanks very much for the thorough coverage and analysis guys!

    On a seperate note, I am liking the recent statements and positive vibes from Syed Hamid Albar. At least a lot more involved than a seemingly very disappointing and absent minister of Transport.

    Quick question: any upgrades planned for Bandar Tasik Selatan LRT? The station entry and exit point is hellish at best: small, congested and narrow flights of stairs. And it also seems that the only connection from the LRT station to the sky bridge linking to the terminal is a narrow escalator… How is this infrastructure going to absorb enormous demand in the future??! With the future extension of the line and exponential increase in ridership because of a very big terminal, the LRT to terminal pathways are going to be a dangerous bottleneck for the safety and convenience of passengers… I’m really startled!!

    1. Hi @Salem

      Thank you for your comments.

      We do not know of any planned upgrades to the connecting bridge linking the LRT, KTM and ERL stations to the Integrated Transport Terminal. However, we do know that Prasarana is planning a wholesale upgrade of all Ampang LRT line stations to make them wheelchair accessible and improve the design according to universal design principles.

      The first phases of the project will focus on Titiwangsa, Masjid Jamek, and Hang Tuah, the rail-rail interchanges that are actually under Prasarana’s control (although Hang Tuah does link to the Hang Tuah intra-city bus terminal).

      We expect that the next stations to be upgraded will be Plaza Rakyat (for Puduraya) and Bandar Tasik Selatan (for the ITT and rail links).

      We will confirm with Prasarana what their plans are.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  2. Hi Transit,

    Thanks for your continuous effort in improving Malaysia’s public transport sector.

    With regards to KL MRT, the project has to be holistic in the sense that the entire ecosystem must be revamped in line with the construction of the historic MRT project in KL.

    First and foremost, as mentioned by industry players as well as transport experts, the locations of the stations must be strategic and serves the general public. There is no point putting two stations close to each other when they are covering the same area of population. One good example is Sri Petaling station and Bukit Jalil station on Ampang line, where they are just a minute drive away.

    Proper signages and strategic exits must be placed for underground stations and all tunnels linking to the stations have to be brightly lit, serving not just connection to the MRT station, but as well providing pedestrian a comfortable, cool and safe pedestrian walkways under busy roads. Train status and all other informations should also be shown at the entrance of the stations, and live update on the websites so that passengers are able to plan their journey.

    Line integration between current LRT and Monorail systems must also be in place for quick and easy interchange. There should be a common paid platform for passengers changing lines.

    To facilitate fast dispersal of passengers at fare gate, the ticketing systems should be revamped as well. All magnetic strip based fare cards(Single Journey/Return) should be replaced by contactless stored value card, similar to Touch N’ Go’s system. The replacement of magnetic strip cards will standardise all fare gates at LRT/Monorail stations and hence quicker dispersion, and reduce confusion on which fare gate accepts Touch N’ Go and which is not. The proposal is similar to Singapore’s current practice.

    Introduction of MRT should also be complemented by introduction of ERP in selected roads. This will greatly increase the ridership of MRT and reduce the cars on the roads, leading to a better road-based public transport, bus in particular. Improvements is bus efficiency due to reduction in number of vehicles on the road will lead to a better feeder system, where buses feeds passengers to MRT stations and vice versa.

    Station designs and amenities should be universal throughout the entire system, including the current rail lines. The stations have to be disabled and senior citizen friendly. There should be elevators exclusive for disabled riders, senior citizens and passengers that requires special attention, as fast moving escalators are not suitable for senior citizens.

    In general, Malaysians do not have the culture of queuing up while waiting for trains in busy stations. Rail operators must deploy more enforcement officers to ensure passengers queue up and allow passengers to alight first. This is not the case at the moment. Wide and long platforms will ensure these are properly carried out.

    I hope my comments are constructive and will help TRANSIT in mulling proposals to the government.

  3. hye TRANSIT
    im very impressed with you guys to set up am association like this,

    i already read about congestion charging that is proposed by the government and the act had been published in SPAD Act 2010. it is a good effort that may reflect the patronage of public transport.

    i want to ask your opinion, if this charging is introduced, how would hawkers, grocery shop owners, transport their goods to their shop if their shop is in the charged area.

    it is very costly for them to pay the charges everyday, and it is very unfair to give them discount because they also contribute to congestion, pollution and accident.

    it is not convenient for them to use public transport, to bring 20 kg of meat everyday. so, i hope you guys have some ideas regarding my question. Tq

    1. Hi @Batai

      That is a very good question. We will have to contact SPAD and get some information on what they are planning for the congestion charge and how they would implement it.

      It is quite possible that commercial vehicles (buses, vans, taxis, lori) and vehicles owned by residents of KL could be exempted from the congestion charge, as it is done in London (which has a fixed congestion charge but allows generous exemptions).

      Alternatively, it is also quite possible that all motorized vehicles might have to pay the congestion charge, as it is done in Singapore (although they call it “road pricing” and the price can fluctuate regularly depending on traffic conditions).

      Stockholm (Sweden) is the only other city in the world that has a congestion charge – we will take a look and see how it is implemented there and update our reply.

      So basically, we do not know how it would be implemented … but at the same time, we do know who SPAD needs to target” (as it were): Privately owned vehicles used for private transport of a single occupant – also referred to as Single Occupant Vehicles (or SOVs).

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  4. PEMBINAAN DAN PERKHIDMATAN TRANSIT ALIRAN MASSA (MRT)DI KUALA LUMPUR DAN SELANGOR

    Untuk memastikan kelancaran dan kos pembinaan perkhidmatan projek MRT dibendung dan kepentingan rakyat dilindungi. Saya menbentangkan lapan cadangan yang berikut:

    1. Selepas saya pulang daripada London pada awal bulan ini, saya mendapati semua kemudahan untuk orang kelainan upaya (OKU) di Malaysia secara amnya memang adalah satu penghinaan dan persendaan kepada golongan OKU. Saya mendapati bahawa semua bas di London dan juga di bandar-bandar di UK (tak kira di Edinburgh (Lothian), Birmingham, Cardiff atau Manchester). Semua bas atau gerabak keretapi luar bandar (seperti Midland train, West midland train) disediakan ruang yang cukup besar untuk kerusi roda (lebih kurang 1.5m X 1.2m). Ruang itu memang ada kerusi penumpang, jika diperlukan, semua kerusi boleh dilipat dan diguna oleh pengguna kerusi roda. Semua stesen London Underground (the tube) dan stesen-stesen keretapi perantaraan luar bandar juga mempunyai lif yang mencukupi untuk golongan OKU dan orang tua, walaupun mungkin pengguna kerusi roda kena tolak jauh sikit untuk mencari lif. Di samping itu, jubin-jubin panduan lantai untuk OKU bermasalah penglihatan/visual jauh lebih baik daripada yang terdapat di Malaysia. Di samping itu, semua butang-butang elektronik di semua stesen-stesen Underground dan keretapi sendiri mempunyai butang berhuruf Braille yang cukup besar untuk sentuhan OKU. Keretapi perantaraan luar bandar seperti Midland train atau West Midland train dan destinasi jarak jauh mempunyai tandas yang mempunyai butang berhuruf Braille kerana pintu tandas adalah dibuka secara automatik dengan tekanan butang elektronik dan ruang tandas pun cukup besar untuk kerusi roda. Jurang antara platform dan keretapi juga perlu serata dan jarak/jurang antara keretapi dan platform tidak boleh jauh sangat supaya kerusi roda dapat masuk/keluar ke/dari keretapi MRT.

    2.Anda semua MESTI PASTIKAN semua projek, sub-projek, kontrak, sub-kontrak dan kerja-kerja sampingan juga semua jenis perkhidmatan MRT tidak dikawal, dimonopoli, diperalatkan (dimanipulasi), disalahgunakan, diseleweng oleh mana-mana individu, syarikat atau kroni-kroni yang ada berkait hubung dengan mana-mana parti politik khasnya parti politik yang namanya bermula dengan huruf B* dan UM**. Perkara ini langsung tak boleh dikompromi atau ditolak-ansur, mesti bertindak dengan tegas dan konsisten untuk memastikan kos projek dan kepentingan rakyat dibendung dan dilindungi dengan selama-lamanya.

    3. Mana-mana pegawai, kementerian dan jabatan kerajaan Malaysia jangan asyik membandingkan perkhidmatan-perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam Malaysia dengan negara-negara yang kurang maju seperti Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Kenboja dan lain-lain ladi supaya pihak kerajaan boleh mengagung-agungkan sumbangan mereka terhadap pembangunan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam yang sebenarnya yang sangat menghampakan dan teruk jika dibanding dengan banyak negara maju termasuk Singapura. Kenapa tak berbanding dengan negara-negara maju supaya kita boleh memperbaiki dan mempertingkatkan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam kita?? Kenapa berbanding dengan yang paling teruk jikalau kita boleh berbanding dengan yang terbaik??

    4.Jangan membina stesen-stesen MRT di kawasan-kawasan dan sangat terpencil,kurang strategik dan utama seperti stesen-stesen lrt Taman Paramount, Taman Bahagia, Bandar Tun Razak, Pudu, Cheras (bukan Miharja atau Taman Maluri), stesen komuter Setiajaya dan lain-lain lagi supaya dapat memenuhi/mengambil hati atau mengampu golangan-golangan, individu-individu, kelompok-kelompok, syarikat-syarikat atau kaum-kaum yang tertentu. Stesen-stesen MRT kena bina di kawasan yang betul-betul sentral/utama/berstrategik seperti di tengah-tengah Seksyen 14 (PJ), SS2 (PJ), di tepi/bawah tanah Carrefour Subang Jaya dan Sri Petaling, dekat Taman Setapak Indah (Jalan Genting Klang) dan lain-lain lagi. Saya amat percaya bahawa alasan cuba menggunakan (utilize) tanah milikan kerajaan persekutuan bukan alasan yang kukuh untuk membina stesen-stesen di kawasan-kawasan yang pencil, kurang kepadatan penduduk dan kurang utama/strategik.

    5. Intergrasi antara semua jenis perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam (termasuk keretapi kelajuan tinggi yang mungkin dibina pada masa depan) mesti dipertingkatkan dan diperbaiki mengikuti beberapa faktor utama:

    i) Mesti mengambil kira cuaca Malaysia yang panas dan lembap dan berhujan monsun lebat dari semasa ke semasa.

    ii) Mesti memastikan bas perantaraan antara stesen-stesen MRT yang dipilih betul-betul merangkumi semua kawasan berdekatan dalam radius dua kilometer dan mengikut jadual masa (yang dipaparkan di semua perhentian bas) juga memastikan kekerapan bas-bas perantaraan tidak lama sangat (seperti bas-bas perantaraan sekarang yang boleh sampai satu jam lebih).

    iii) Intergrasi stesen-stesen MRT/LRT/KTM Komuter dengan bas-bas awam lain juga mesti dirombak dan diambilalih supaya semua syarikat bas-bas awam ini tidak akan menghampakan dan merosakkan semua usaha-usaha untuk mengintergrasikan semua jenis perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam. Syarikat-syarikat bas-bas yang mesti diambilalih dan dirombak adalah METROBUS, Syarikat Bas Len Seng, Syarikat Bas Selangor, Cityliner dan operator-operator bas-bas mini di Subang, Klang, Kajang, Selayang dan Shah Alam. Saya percaya dengan keadaan ekonomi yang beransur pulih dan tambah baik, semua konduktor-konduktor bas-bas dapat cari kerja baru dengan mudah atau dipindah ke jawatan-jawatan lain di dalam syarikat-syarikat bas tersebut. Perkara ini juga tidak boleh dikompromi dan ditolak-ansur. Langkah ini juga untuk memperbaiki imej negara di mata-mata pelancong asing juga domestik.

    iv) Semua sistem tiket, kadar dan cara bayaran untuk MRT/LRT/KTM Komuter/perkhidmatan kereta api KTM/bas-bas awam mesti diselaraskan, dipersatukan dan diintergrasikan seperti kad Oyster di London dan kad EZ Link di Singapura. Perkara ini juga tidak boleh dikompromi dan ditolak-ansurkan.

    v) Kalau boleh menyediakan risalah-risalah huruf Braille untuk OKU di semua stesen-stesen perkhidmatan gerabak (MRT/LRT/KTM Komuter/Monorel/keretapi KTM) tentang jadual masa dan informasi-informasi perkhidmatan-perkhidmatan pengangkutan kepada golongan OKU, hanya diberi di atas permintaan pada kaunter perkhidmatan.

    6. Saya mendapati semua bas dan gerabak-berabak di keretapi luar bandar/perantaraan di London seperi Midland Train, West Midland train ada papan penunjuk elektronik menunjukkan stesen-stesen/perhentian-perhentian yang berhenti di sepenjang jalan dan juga menggunakan pengumuman suara/audio untuk memberitahu semua penumpang tentang info-info tersebut. Ini juga termasuk pengumuman suara di semua gerabak the tube (UNDERGROUND) tentang tarikan-tarikan pelancong dan bangunan-bangunan utama yang berdekatan stesen-stesen MRT, saya mendapati memang banyak membantu dan memudahkan pelancong-pelancong asing semasa saya berada di sana.

    7. Mewujudkan perkhidmatan-perkhidmatan bas dan MRT 24 jam untuk sesetengah laluan atau jalan khasnya untuk pekerja-pekerja malam seperi kakitangan hotel, restoran, pub, bar, kelab disko, pusat-pusat hiburan dan juga sektor-sektor lain khasnya perkilangan. Ini juga memudahkan pergerakan pelancong-pelancong asing dan juga domestik dan sering dikutuk dan ditipu oleh pemandu-pemandu teksi kita yang memang licik dan teruk sikapnya, sampai sekarang masalah memang belum diselesaikan. Untuk tidak merugikan syarikat pengendalian MRT/LRT, mungkin kekerapan keretapi untuk laluan 24 jam boleh dikurangkan dari pukul 12am pagi hingga 5:30 pagi atau tambang larut malam (12am – 5:30am) boleh tinggi sikit berbanding masa biasa seperti yang dilakukan di London dan Edinburgh juga bandar-bandar lain di UK. Ataupun perkhidmatan MRT hanya berhenti di stesen-stesen yang tertentu sahaja (bukan semua stesen) pada larut malam.

    8. Saya cadangkan semua cadangan-cadangan yang disebut di atas mesti diambil perhatian, diambil tegas dan diambil serius dari peringkat awal lagi dengan konsisten,berdisiplin dan betul-betul beramanah supaya kepentingan rakyat dan imej negara dapat dibendung dengan efisyen dan betul dengan tepat sepanjang masa. Menangkiskan tokmahan dan pandangan mata dunia yang sentiasa menganggap Malaysia sebagai negara pembendung kroni-kroni parti politik dan rasuah.

    Sekian, terima kasih.

  5. MENYEDIAKAN PETAK-PETAK LETAK KERETA DI STESEN-STESEN ALIRAN TRANSIT RINGAN/MASSA, STESEN-STESEN KTM KOMUTER, STESEN-STESEN MONOREL DAN STESEN-STESEN SENTRAL PENGANGKUTAN YANG UTAMA SEPERTI KL SENTRAL DAN TERMINAL BAS.

    Didapati bahawa tempat atau ruang tempat letak kereta di semua stesen yang disebut di atas semakin meruncing dan tidak mencukupi. Ini memang secara langsung atau tak langsung menghampakan usaha-usaha kerejaan yang memang memupuk rakyat jelata menggunakan semua alat pengangkutan awam dengan optimum. Jadi saya ada beberapa cadangan untuk mengubah keadaan tersebut:

    1. Seperti di stesen sentral Milton Keynes Central Station di Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire di UK. Memang mereka menyediakan ribuan tempat parkir kereta untuk pemandu-pemandu kereta atau van supaya mereka boleh menghentikan kereta demi menukar perjalanan mereka ke mod pengangkutan awam.

    2. Kalau anda nak parkir kereta dekat atau tak jauh dari pintu masuk stesen sentral, anda perlu bayar untuk tempat parkir itu yang berharga GBP3.00/satu hari. Kalau tak mahu bayar untuk tempat parkir, anda terpaksa menghentikan kereta di petak-petak yang memang jauh sikit dari stesen sentral dan kena berjalan sikit.

    3. Dengan cara ini, majlis perbandaran tempatan bagi pilihan kepada para pengguna yang rela membayar dan tidak rela membayar untuk tempat parking and kos ini hanya ditanggung separa oleh majlis tempatan sahaja.

    4. Kadangkala di UK ada kawasan-kawasan memang tidak mempunyai tanah yang cukup untuk menyediakan tempat parkir dekat stesen sentral atau stesemn UNDERGROUND seperti di stesen UNDERGROUND NORTH GREENWICH, mereka menyediakan tempat parkir kereta bertingkat 12 dan semua tempat parkir perlu dibayar GBP5.00 sehari. Walaupun bayaran tempat parkit mahal, sekurang-kurangnya bas perantaraan kawasan sekeliling stesen tersebut teramat efisyen. Tak sampai 10 minit memang ada sebuah bas sampai atau bertolak dari stesen NORTH GREENWICH.

    5. Sebab itulan, bas-bas perantaraan bagi semua stesen pengangkutan awam berlandasan di Malaysia adalah satu kewajipan dan efisyen bas-bas tersebut dapat hampir 100% selesaikan tabiat para pengguna yang amat bergantung kepada kereta peribadi untuk pergerakan seharian sehingga perdana menteri England sekarang Mr. David Cameron juga banyak kali menggunakan the tube (UNDERGROUND)ke rumah parliament ENgland iaitu Westminster juga menjadi satu teladan dan contoh yang amat baik kepada rakyatnya dari segi penggunaan pengangkutan awam yang memang amat berbeza sekali dengan Perdana Menteri Malaysia YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang memang memang teramat jarang sekali menaiki pengangkutan awam di Lembah Klang.

    6. Walaupun begitu, ramai pegawai kerajaan Malaysia termasuk perdana menteri kita berani dan sampai hati mengkritik ramai rakyat Malaysia yang suka menaiki pengangkutan awam di luar negera tetapi bukan di Malaysia. Tapi mereka sendiri (pegawai-pegawai dan menteri-menteri kerajaan sendiri) pun amat jarang sekali atau langsung tidak menaiki pengangkutan awam di Malaysia (semasa bertugas atau pada masa lapang peribadi) selepas menjadi pegawai atau menteri kerajaan. Perkara ini memang terkilan dan amat menyedihkan sekali dan saya rasa semua orang pun tahu kenapa kita memang suka menaiki pengangkutan awam di luar negara:
    i. Cuaca di banyak negara luar adalah dingin, nyaman dan tidak amat panas dan lembap seperti di Malaysia.

    ii. Rangkaian, rangkuman dan intergrasi semua jenis pengangkutan awam mereka memang sang luas, memadai dan efisyen.

    iii.Kekerapan dan ketepatan jadual perjalanan pengangkutan awam mereka khasnya bas memang menepati jadual dan tidak perlu tunggu terlampau lama untuk bas tersebut.

    iv. Budaya menaiki sistem pengangkutan awam di UK dan Jepun yang teratur dan bersopan-santun memang memudahkan kita menaiki semua mod pengangkutan awam. Kita pun tidak rasa fras semasa menaiki pengangkutan awam walaupun jumlah penumpang di stesen-stesen dan perhentian mereka memang lagi ramai penumpang atau pengguna.

    7. Sebab itulah jangan mengkritik rakyat Malaysia yang tidak menaiki pengangkutan awam di Malaysia jikalau sendiri atau persekitaran makro atau mikro mod pengangkutan awam memang tidak mesra pengguna dan sendiri pun tidak dapat mendirikan satu teladan yang baik dan betul juga tepat dari segi isu-isu menaiki pengangkutan awam.

    8. Simpulan isu ini adalah bas-bas pengantaraan yang efisyen dan baik memang mendatangkan banyak perubahan dan faedah kepada kualiti-kualiti perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam yang berlandasan seperi LRT/MRT/KTM Komuter, trem atau monorel.

    Saya harap mana-mana pegawai di Unit Perancang Ekonomi akan betul-betul menimbangkan semua pendapat yang dicadangkan saya supaya keadaan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam di negara ini akan mencapai atau setanding dengan negara-negara maju. Harap maklum. Sekian, terima kasih.

  6. TICKET INTEGRATION AMONG BUS, TRAIN, KTM COMMUTER, MONORAIL, LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT AND MASS RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEMS

    It is very obvious that our public transport ticketing system is a big miserable mess! From TOUCH ‘N’ GO to the ticket of each individual services, there is no integration at all and every time we want to transit to a different mod of transportation we have to line up all over again for the hustle and bustle to buy another piece of new ticket.

    Worst still, the so called “high tech” touch ‘n’ go system is always out of order or full of technical problems. Through the past decades since the introduction of TOUCH ‘N’ GO, it was well known throughout the country and mass media that it created tonnes of controversies and complaints. May it be the pricing of the card, the function of the card, a simple ticketing system like TOUCH ‘N’ GO can even involves itself into numerous corruption allegations and accusations which is incredible. I never heard the ticketing system of any public transport in the world can even involves itself into corruptions and political agenda like TOUCH ‘N’ GO!!!

    So I think it is time we need to find a brand new, “clean” and much much more efficient ticketing system rather than keep continuing on using TOUCH ‘N’ GO. In other words, I suggest we totally kick out TOUCH ‘N’ GO and change a brand new ticketing system like Oyster card of London, 八通卡of mtr Hong Kong or EZ Link card of SMRT Singapore. Don’t let this damned lousy and extremely horrible TOUCH ‘N’ GO card hamper and destroy our diligent effort of integrating the public transport system and make sure all public and it must be enforced legally and make it compulsory and make it clear to all transport operators that they MUST use the new ticketing system whether they like it or not, or we believe cancel their license and let somebody else do it. Thank you.

  7. As a citizen, taxpayer & voter, I am appalled at the way the government is doing its job.

    Case in point: the MRT project.

    We are told that it will cost RM 36 billion and yet it will only take 2 months to award? How is that even possible?

    The MRT project was mooted only recently and to date even the route has not been confirmed. How on earth can we award in 2 months?

    What are the routes the MRT will take? How many percent of the track will be underground and above ground? What are the mitigation for all the traffic jams and road closures that will surely come during construction? Will the MRT pass through existing residential areas? What actions will be taken to ensure buildings in those areas will not be damaged during construction of the MRT? What actions will be taken to ensure that the residents in those areas will not be inconvenienced by the MRT when it passes through?

    Has the government thought about all these things? Does it still believe we can award in 2 months?

    Can we, for once, think BEFORE we act?

  8. Dear Transit,

    I understand that this MRT project comes with a budget, which means that it will serve areas which are currently highly populated. However, I would to propose that the MRT line be extended to the suburbs as well, such as Shah Alam and Klang. As it is, those of us living at the suburbs are also taxpayers and we have been suffering from a bad public transport system for too long. Don’t sideline us anymore. These suburbs have greater potential to grow if there MRT serve these areas. Even though this is a big project, please don’t make us wait too long.

    1. Hi Rachel

      Take a look at our latest post, MRT Update: Is this our new MRT Network? – you can see the Orange line which will apparently serve Shah Alam & Klang.

      Unfortunately we do not have much detail about what route the Orange Line would follow.

      In the past, TRANSIT has recommended that the Kelana Jaya LRT line be extended to the Shah Alam stadium, which would be a Park & Ride area and terminal for bus rapid transit networks on KESAS, Federal Highway and NKVE.

      We hope to get more information as soon as SPAD is ready to provide it.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

  9. The comments written by Jeffrey is not the best I have read. His comments represent opinions of majority of Malaysians.

    It has been proven that Malaysian is a nation of world class facilities, but her people have third world mentality.

    It has been proven that majority of Malaysians are lazy.

    His/her favourite coffee shop may be located opposite the road, yet still drive for lunch, choking the streets in the neighbourhood. You spend a minute entering your cockpit, adjust your seats, start the engine, a minute to the coffee shop, and found no slots. Don’t wanna go waste time searching. What to do? Double park, triple park. Congestion caused by me is none of my business, my convenience comes first.

    The home is within 10 mins walk from a bus stop or train station, so as the office. Yet, the person still drives to work, contributing to traffic jams. Excuses given? Lazy to walk, wait, public transport is stops and go, but my car goes there non-stop. I, too, take public transport to work. They are not perfect but served me well. But some comments from colleagues include: “Wah, so cam oh(cantonese)….buy a car lah!” What are these people expecting? Door-to-door limo services on-demand?

    The signage clearly shows the destination, but the person is still oblivious. What happens next? Blame RapidKL for inefficiency? Blame for the govt? Vote? Why don’t look at yourself first?

    These examples are merely the tip of the iceberg. Hence, pls look at yourself before putting the blame on the govt. Who is the one deciding to drive? You! Who is responsible for traffic jams? You! Who is responsible for noise pollution, global warming etc? You!

    One again, pls look at yourself before putting the blame on the govt. Pls heed the advice of John F Kennedy:” Ask what you can do for the nation, not what the Govt can do for you.”

  10. @Wrongdoings_RAPIDKL

    Don’t let us spot you taking your kids to nearby places with a car or using TEN THOUSAND LAYERS of umbrella to shelter your family members especially your children from the HOT and HUMID rain or sun of the rainforest climate of Malaysia.

  11. @Wrongdoings_RAPIDKL

    Tell the deaf/audioly impared people to “listen” to the all the sound/audio announcements in MRT train or buses and mrt station or terminal and tell the visually impaired (blind) people to look and see for all the signage or signboard ok?? And tell the wheelchair bound or clutches bound OKU to crawl to all entrances and exits?? OK???

  12. Last month I went to Kelantan, and visit the Tumpat District. I found something unique at the Tumpat Train Station. There are two set of old train at the depot.

    I asked one of the KTM officer and they said the train set were came from Japan and were refurbished by the KTM to suit the passanger. It maybe to use as commuter for the Kelantanese.

    Then I found one website that give some information
    http://www.japanprobe.com/2010/12/04/old-japanese-trains-find-new-life-in-other-countries/

    Hopefully the KTM can give some detail about the project.
    Cheers

    1. @Pedro

      Thank you for the update. The trains you refer to are the JR “Blue” coaches which were sent to Malaysia in 2010 and refitted by (if we recall correctly) Hartasuma corporation. The trains have just started entering service in the past month.

      Regards, Moaz for TRANSIT

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