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Selangor Government makes unwise decision to proceed with study of elevated highway through Petaling Jaya

TRANSIT took note of the unfortunate news that the Selangor Government will move ahead with studies for the Kinrara Damansara Expressway, also known as KiDEx or the KiDEx “skyway” (a falsely romanticized name just as false as the pictures on their website)

Selangor approves studies on plan for elevated highway, KiDEx (The Malay Mail, 11 April 2014)

The Selangor state government has approved studies to be conducted on the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (KIDEX) project, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today.

The Selangor mentri besar also said that public hearings will be held once the studies are completed.

The project has come under heavy criticism from residents worried about pollution and the lack of publicly available details.

TRANSIT Says:

Continue reading Selangor Government makes unwise decision to proceed with study of elevated highway through Petaling Jaya

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30% of Malaysian bus drivers suffer from sleep disorders, says survey

TRANSIT members were shocked and disappointed to read the news in The Star today, which shared the results of a survey by the Sleep Disorder Society of Malaysia and the JKJR which showed that a significant number of Malaysian bus drivers suffer from sleep disorders.

30% of M’sian bus drivers suffer from sleep disorders (The Star)
Saturday February 18, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Sleeping disorders affect 30 percent of 300 bus drivers in the country, with eight percent categorised as chronic, raising fears about their driving performance.

Sleep Disorder Society Malaysia (SDSM) president Dr Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari said the statistics were obtained in a joint study with the Road Safety Department (JKJR) recently.

“The survey was carried out on 300 bus drivers from five transport companies nationwide and what shocked us the most was that eight percent are at a severe level,” he told Bernama at the Sleep Disorder Society Malaysia (SDSM) Scientific Meeting – Towards Healthier Sleep in Malaysia event, here on Saturday.

[TRANSIT: We want to know which companies!]
Continue reading 30% of Malaysian bus drivers suffer from sleep disorders, says survey

Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

Updated with comments from TRANSIT!

TRANSIT has taken note of a series of articles in Free Malaysia Today, detailing an interview with SPAD Chair Syed Hamid Albar.

TRANSIT will reserve our comments until the entire series is posted. In the meantime you can find links to the articles (3 at the time of this posting) after the jump:

Update: TRANSIT had reserved our comments and then got so busy we didn’t have time to make these comments. But we are ready now! Continue reading Interesting FMT interview with SPAD chair Syed Hamid Albar (Update #1)

MRT Update: PJ Utara MP Tony Pua says National Land Code was already amended in 1990 to accommodate underground railways!

TRANSIT took note of this article, detailing a statement from PJ Utara MP Tony Pua saying that the National Land Code has already been amended to accommodate underground railways.

Therefore (according to Pua) the controversial land acquisition exercise in KL’s “Chinatown” is not even necessary.

Chinatown land buy: ‘Prasarana abusing law’ (Free Malaysia Today)
August 16, 2011
Teoh El Sen

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua reveals that an amendment of the National Land Code allows for the use of underground land without having to acquire surface property.

PETALING JAYA: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, a 100% government-owned transport company, is abusing the law for the purposes of profit in making “unnecessary” property acquisitions in Chinatown, the DAP alleged today.

DAP publicity chief Tony Pua said the National Land Code 1965 was specifically amended in 1990 to allow for the acquisition of underground land without affecting surface property. Continue reading MRT Update: PJ Utara MP Tony Pua says National Land Code was already amended in 1990 to accommodate underground railways!

MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

TRANSIT has taken note of another burgeoning controversy, highting complaints & protests over land acquisition along Jalan Sultan in “Chinatown”, KL, as part of the Sg. Buloh – Kajang MRT project.

We have redesigned our post on this topic to present the most recent articles we have seen so far on this issue. The original post follows the articles. Continue reading MRT Update: Chinatown businesses question MRT land acquisition (Update #14)

Taxi: are cabbies going to get ‘political’ on the gov’t as well?

TRANSIT took note of a very interesting article in Free Malaysia Today, announcing that cab drivers were going to organize a protest on Sunday, 31 July over what is described as government apathy over the issues they have raised.

We have to wonder if this protest, coming so soon after a protest of KTM Railwaymen’s Union members, is a sign that more and more line workers in the transport industry are increasingly frustrated with government inaction.

And we wonder how long it will take before the taxi driver’s also start talking politics … because as most of us know, once you get drivers to start talking about politics … everything comes out.

Cabbies see red over govt’s apathy (Free Malaysia Today)
29 July 2011

B Nantha Kumar

Fed up with the government for ignoring their grievances, 2,000 taxi drivers plan a protest this Sunday.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Taxi Drivers Welfare Association is planning to hold a massive gathering over the federal government’s failure to address their problems.

The chairman of the association, M Manickam, said taxi drivers in city are angry and fed up with the Barisan Nasional (BN) government for consistently overlooking their grievances. Continue reading Taxi: are cabbies going to get ‘political’ on the gov’t as well?

KTM Update: Should MACC ‘train’ their eyes onto KTMB?

TRANSIT took note of this article in Free Malaysia Today which argues that, while the first of the new KTM Komuter trains is soon to arrive on our shores (some say it has already arrived, but we have yet to see any photos), the question of the tender for these new trains (and other issues at KTMB) needs to be explored in greater depth by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

EMU train ready, MACC still lingering
Stephanie Sta Maria | July 18, 2011

A ROTEM train operating KTM Komuter service. Image courtesy of FMT.

China will deliver the first EMU train to Malaysia in September even though MACC has yet to complete investigations into the supposed lopsided purchase.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will receive the first of 38 six-coach Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains from China in September despite an ongoing investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into the deal. Continue reading KTM Update: Should MACC ‘train’ their eyes onto KTMB?

No SCORE: Sarawak Minister suggests that the proposed Miri-Bintulu rail corridor may become a white elephant

TRANSIT took note of this article from the Borneo Post, in which Sarawak’s Infrastructure Development & Communications Minister comments unfavourably about the proposed Miri-Bintulu railway corridor, which is part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

The feasibility of the railway link is being examined as part of the organized development which is to benefit the economy of Sarawak.

‘Railway system not viable as public transport in state’ (Borneo Post)
June 28, 2011

INFRASTRUCTURE Development and Communications Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong has stated that it is not viable to construct a railway system for public transport usage in the state at the moment, due to the low population of Sarawak.

Although a study on Railway Development Master Plan for Central Region of Sarawak was in its final draft stage and scheduled to complete by August this year, Manyin (BN-Tebedu) added that the cost was too expensive even if the tracks were to be used for the transportation of goods. Continue reading No SCORE: Sarawak Minister suggests that the proposed Miri-Bintulu rail corridor may become a white elephant

Putrajaya overrules Prasarana for a third time. (Update #2)

  • Update: At least one wakil rakyat has chosen to speak up so we decided to change the title of our post. Guess who it is? No point, as you already know that it is Tony Pua (since no other wakil rakyat really appear to follow these finance issues, let alone speak up)!
  • Update: According to this article, the contract has actually been awarded to Colas, instead of the Bombardier-Hartasuma-SNC Lavalin consortium. However, the issues of transparency still stand. See the updated post below!

‘He that pays the piper calls (chooses) the tune’

That phrase is a simple explanation of who has authority in life … it’s often those with the money. TRANSIT takes note that the Finance Ministry (the one “paying the piper”) has ‘called the tune’ for a third time, (overruling a tender-evaluation decision made by Prasarana and awarding contracts to ‘unsuccessful’ companies).

The first time this was done was the selection of the ‘Independent’ Check Engineer for the MRT project. The second time was when the government overruled Prasarana’s pre-qualifications criteria (described as “biased” by Malay-rights group Perkasa).

Now the government has overruled Prasarana’s decision on the Kelana Jaya LRT extension, and [TRANSIT: we should have added “apparently” here] awarded the contract to a consortium of Bombardier, Hartasuma and SNC Lavalin – a decision that will increase the cost of the LRT extension, put an additional burden on Malaysian taxpayers for generations to come, and allow foreign companies and their local partners to profit handily on the backs of the Malaysian public.

Putrajaya overrules Prasarana, takes pricier LRT extension deal (Malaysian Insider, 17 June 2011)
By Jahabar Sadiq
Editor

A source said Hartasuma-Bombardier’s bid of RM890 million is almost 50 per cent higher than that of the lowest bid — frohsz de pic.

KUALA LUMPUR June 17 — A Finance Ministry committee has ignored the city’s light rail transit LRT operator’s recommendation for the Kelana Jaya line extension project by awarding it to a company whose project price of RM890 million is almost 50 per cent higher than that of the lowest bid. Continue reading Putrajaya overrules Prasarana for a third time. (Update #2)

MRT Update: Prasarana eases conditions for pre-qualification for MRT tender, promises stringent selection process

TRANSIT took note of an announcement from Prasarana that they had eased some of the conditions for pre-qualification for tenders for the MRT project – after being accused of deliberately sidelining Bumiputera contractors.

Prasarana at the time defended themselves, saying that the stringent conditions were meant to ensure that only “genuine, qualified and competent contractors” would be selected.

Saying that, we continue to wonder about the selection of the Independent Checking Engineer – a company rejected by Prasarana apparently chosen after Prasarana was overruled by the government.

At the time Shahril Mokhtar, Group Managing Director, was quoted as saying that it was the government’s money, therefore they had the final say.

No. It is our money. We pay the costs. And if the MRT is not planned, financed built and operated properly, it will be our loss. We, the rakyat, have the final say.

Prasarana eases tender conditions (The Malaysian Insider)
By Yow Hong Chieh
May 19, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd appears to have caved in to pressure from Malay rights groups today when it revised pre-qualification criteria for several construction packages for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT).

The project owner said contractors who wish to tender for elevated civil works, stations and depots work construction packages will be allowed to form joint ventures (JV) or consortiums among local companies starting from tomorrow.

“Prasarana has always been sensitive to all constructive views for our projects and the stand is reflected again in this decision, which was made purely based on the need to get more contractors to participate and the need to make the bidding for the KVMRT project more competitive,” the company said in a statement today. Continue reading MRT Update: Prasarana eases conditions for pre-qualification for MRT tender, promises stringent selection process