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by joseph kaos jr
Rail nerve centre: Kong overseeing operations at the KL Sentral train control centre.
KUALA LUMPUR: The brand new KTM Komuter six-coach trains have fallen victim to vandals despite being in operation only since March.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) had reported no less than 20 cases of damaged windows since the trains began service.
The damage, he said, was caused by children who threw stones and hard objects at passing trains from the side of the rail tracks.
“This is an irresponsible act. Not only does it inflict losses on the Government, it also endangers passengers,” Kong told reporters after travelling on the KTM Komuter service from KL Sentral to Serdang.
“KTMB will co-operate with the police in monitoring these cases. Severe action will be taken against the perpetrators,” he said.
However, Kong did not provide the amount of losses suffered by KTMB due to the damage.
He also said KTMB did not intend to install shatter-proof glass windows to counter such acts.
“It is better to educate the public that such acts are offences and that action would be taken against the culprits,” he said.
Kong said the ministry had also received a lot of positive feedback from commuters on the upgraded Komuter service.
“Waiting time during peak hours is no longer than 15 minutes. We have been told that commuters find the new trains more comfortable, efficient and punctual.
“We hope that as more people realise this, the number of passengers will increase,” he said, adding that the ridership had risen from 80,000 passengers to nearly 100,000 after the upgrade.
Kong said 13 six-car trains, which were now being tested, were expected to come into service at the end of this month in addition to the 25 six-car trains and the older 22 three-car trains.
Kong also visited the construction site for the Park and Ride facility at the Serdang KTM station.
The four-storey car park, expected to be completed by the end of the year, would be able to accommodate 400 vehicles, said Kong.
On the issue of Penang Port, Kong said claims by Penang Government that its privatisation would turn it into a feeder port were not accurate.
“I do not think that (turning it into a feeder port) is accurate,” he said.
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