Thursday, August 18, 2011

KTM Komuter Taken




Wednesday 17 August @ about 6.45pm, Bank Negara Station. Note lady with pink/blue tudung at the side of sigboard in 1st pic. No way in. She is to the left of lady with hands on hip in 2nd pic. For the uninitiated what you see is boarding on to the ladies coach. Click pics to enlarge














As mentioned in my previous post, 1 set of a six coach EMU is expected to arrive next month.

1 unit would hardly alleviate the present mad rush day in and out, to and fro.

That is why I uttered "some comfort".

Also, impacting relief for long suffering commuters*, will not be immediate. (See issues being addressed below)
"We will need about three months for testing and commissioning, but subsequent trains will take a month to be ready."
Of course by year end, the pushing and shoving should be a thing of the past, hope springs eternal.

When all the coaches arrive by next year, critical issues of maintenance and repair problems of the past must not be repeated, lest we end up at our present predicament, not to mention more loss of taxpayer's money.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) president, Dr Aminuddin Adnan, says these critical issues will be addressed.

A positive step on the right track.

In the mean time let's hope services are not disrupted too often. Especially in this fasting month.

For the moment what I can suggest is KTM Komuter to keep commuters constantly updated and informed accurately at all stations, the status not only of the current arriving train but also the next train following that.

It would allow commuters to decide for alternatives to their intended destination and Muslims to break their fast.

By the way, do you know that you can get a refund if you did not get on the train. You can, in the two dreadful Fridays I wrote about, a refund was made.

Unintentionally but coincidently today is another Friday.

Okay folks, getting back to the matter at hand. My previous KTM Komuter woes post, I had alluded to asset stripping.

In order for that to happen, it would mean party or parties keen on an interest in KTM Komuter.

Is this a prelude of it happening?

The MAS/AirAsia share swap having being put under the microscope, radar, scrutiny et al, the matter of Malay pride as being at stake was not lost in numerous discourse.

And with that I would like to end, in more ways than one,

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Komuter is being Taken......for granted.

Don't.

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