KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is eyeing the Brunei market on the possibility of developing a metro network system there, said its president and group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azmi Abdul Aziz.
“The Brunei Government has invited us to participate in how we can introduce a public transport system in the city there. We are proposing something to advise the Government on this matter to bring the level of public transport up in the country,” he said at the signing ceremony of an agreement with the Indonesian Rail Academy to provide training for Indonesia’s metro personnel.
“We are making this proposal and will let the Government there decide on how to move forward,” he added.
On a similar note, the Malaysian bus and metro transit operator said it is targeting to derive some 15%-30% of its revenue from non-fare activities.
“These include also foreign-based revenues,” he said.
In a related development, Prasarana said it has bid for metro projects in India and Saudi Arabia and expects to know the results of these bids soon.
“In India, we have bid for the Mumbai Monorail, while in Saudi Arabia, there are two projects we are bidding for – in Riyadh and Jeddah. We should know the results of the bids by this year,” Azmi said.
Prasarana’s existing overseas ventures include the maintenance and operation services contract with Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Metro Southern Line that is in its third year of contract in 2017.
Its overseas ventures are undertaken through its unit called Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services Sdn Bhd.
“We would like to target bringing up the level of urban rail services in Jakarta so that it would be equivalent to us. We have started that, the first batch of trainees with 10 train operators and five supervisors. This is the first batch, after this there will be other trainees coming in,” Azmi said.
“So, they are considered our clients now. We will train them for quite some time.
“In the period of this training with them, we are looking at other potential collaborations as well in other cities such as Palembang, which has its mass rapid transit (MRT) coming up as well. We cannot just sit down but must make known our intentions,” he added.
He said there was no contract value attached to this worker training with Indonesia, while the Rail Academy will train 78 drivers, 20 operation control centre supervisors for the Jakarta MRT from six groups from now till the middle of 2018.
The Jakarta MRT is slated to begin operations in 2019.
Prasarana said it was also aiming to provide a training programme for PT Keratapi Indonesia, which will operate the Greater Jakarta Light Rail Transit (LRT), the Palembang LRT and PT Jakpro for the Jakarta LRT.