Walkalator breakdown riles Transport Minister


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A newly opened bi-directional travelator and the ticketing machines were not functioning during a spot check at the Pasar Seni Station here.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke rebuked the operators and urged them to improve their services, saying such breakdowns were an embarrassment to the country.

“Out of the two walkalators, one is not working.

“It does not bode well for the country, even more so with the start of Visit Malaysia 2020, “ he told members of the media after his visit here yesterday.

It was reported that the new 102m-pedestrian bridge linking the Pasar Seni LRT station with the KTM Kuala Lumpur station opened in November last year after more than two years of being under construction.

The sheltered bridge is equipped with a bi-directional travelator that spans 50m.

This link enables users to easily reach Masjid Negara and nearby attractions, such as Taman Tugu.

Loke arrived at the Pasar Seni Station using the Dego Ride motorbike e-hailing app service, at about 10.45am.

On arrival, he saw that only one out of the four of the ticketing machines at the KTM Kuala Lumpur station was working.

“The top management of these companies must come down regularly to check their services.

“It is not just the minister who must come down to check.

“The chief executive officer (CEO) of the respective government-linked companies (GLC) must be more proactive.

“I will give the directives to all CEOs so they have to come down more regularly to check on the services on the ground.

“In just a half an hour of my visit, I found out that things are not working

“This is a major station, so this is unacceptable,” said Loke.

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