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20 train coaches to resume service

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Dec 2008: Twenty coaches which were left idle at the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) depot here, have been fully upgraded and would resume service before the year end.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said however, that investigations would be carried out to determine why the coaches were left idle so that appropriate action could be taken.

“I will not compromise on the issue. This is a total waste that should not have happened,” he told reporters after officiating the Wheelchair Aid for Road Accident Victims Scheme here today.

Meanwhile, Ong said a study on train service management was being carried out to learn about the overall train service and the level of comfort at train stations.

“The findings of the study are expected to be revealed by the first quarter next year and possibly, another train service operator will be introduced to give variety to KTM,” he said.

Apart from the study, the minister said the safety and maintenance level at all railway tracks in Peninsular Malaysia would also be audited, beginning next month.

The auditing, which would take up to six months, would be conducted by the Indian Railway, an independent auditor from India. — Bernama


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