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It’s wrong to ridicule MRT


Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 14, 2017: A blogger has slammed critics who scoffed at Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corporation’s estimation that its soon-to-be operational new routes will significant;y reduce the number of cars entering Kuala Lumpur.

Captain(rtd) Abdul Rahmat Omar Hanif in his Seademon blog posting, argued that those who ridiculed MRT when the latter anticipates a drop of 160,000 cars entering Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas, on a daily basis, were being unreasonable.

“Many ridicule the statement and ask if MRT Corp has 160,000 parking bays or more. I sometimes wonder if there is anything at all inside the cavity in between their ears.

“While the MRT has several multi-storey park and ride complexes, the idea of having the MRT is for commuters to leave their vehicles at home, not to worry about the escalating cost of fuel and living, get on board the feeder buses to the nearest MRT station to get to work,” he wrote.

Rahmat also pointed out that the completion of the entire MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line will also allow commuters to take up jobs at places they previously would not consider.

On allegations that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his entourage latest test drive to the new routes had inconvenience commuters, Rahmat wrote that such a thing did not happen.

He described those who alleged so, two days ago, were nothing more than a “bunch of wimps who hates anything the government does.”

“The Prime Minister and his entourage boarded the train at the Pusat Bandar Damansara station after office hours.  At one station before that (Phileo), Prasarana had cleared the front portion of the train.

“The “push back” which obviously was for security reasons, involved getting those on board to clear the area in the vicinity of the first door only.

“So, it was not like hundreds of people were pushed back to the fourth coach, but just ten people or less in a train with the capacity to carry 1,200.  How far back do you think did they have to go?” he rhetorically asked.

MRT Strategic Communication and Stakeholder Relations director Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah said, two days ago, he was positive with the less-cars-in-Kuala Lumpur forecast because the SBK line line goes through high density areas.

The areas include Kwasa Damansara, Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Phileo Damansara, Semantan, Bukit Dukung, Batu Sebelas, Cheras, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn and Taman Suntex.

These areas, said Najmuddin, have never been served by any urban rail service before.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]