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Caretaker Transport Minister Apologises To Commuters Of Kelana Jaya LRT Line

"As a (caretaker) minister, I need to listen to the views and findings of Prasarana because this is an operational issue," he said.

Cover image via New Straits Times & Utusan Malaysia

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The caretaker government has issued an apology to commuters of the Kelana Jaya (Light Rail Transit) LRT line, which was recently shut down due to a faulty Automated Train Control (ATC) system

Although LRT owner Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is a company under the Minister of Finance Incorporated, Caretaker Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he also takes responsibility as a government official, reported Bernama.

"As a (caretaker) minister, I need to listen to the views and findings of Prasarana because this is an operational issue," he said.

Wee went on to say that he had asked Prasarana to update the public on the LRT disruption at least once every three hours so that commuters are up to date.

Image via Utusan Malaysia

Wee said that in addition to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Thales Group personnel who were expected to arrive today, 10 November, experts from Turkiye and Canada would also be flown in to determine the root cause of the ATC malfunction

“In a day or two, they (experts) need to identify the cause because it involves technical problems. They may also look into other aspects,” he added.

Wee has given the task of finding a solution to the problem to the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), Prasarana, and Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak.

He advised that Prasarana investigate their current system of planning routine maintenance and replace it with one that is more flexible while prioritising safety.

Following sudden disruptions over the last few days, Rapid KL has announced that a total of 16 LRT stations will not be in service from Wednesday, 9 November, until next Tuesday, 15 November:

Meanwhile, multiple avenues have opened their doors (and their cars) to help commuters who are in need:

Many Malaysians took to social media to express their frustration over the LRT breakdown: