KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) has not retrenched any of its 5,800 staff despite facing challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
"We have not implemented VSS (voluntary separation scheme) and based on plans, KTMB intends to increase its manpower from 5,800 to 7,200 personnel in the next five years.
Dr Wee was responding to Fahmi Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai), who asked if KTMB had implemented a VSS for its staff, owing to the impact of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Dr Wee said the Gemas - Johor Baru Electrified Double-Tracking Project (EDTP) was at 62.6% completion rate as of July 25, and it is currently at the implementation phase.
He said the EDTP will be completed by Oct 2022.
On the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, Dr Wee said that it was not part of the debate for the Bill, but he would nevertheless answer the query raised by Hassan Abdul Karim (PH-Pasir Gudang).
He said the land in Bukit Chagar, which is to be developed under the RTS project, comprises about 4.8ha and is an amalgamation of land belonging to the Sultan of Johor and Federal Land Commission (FLC).
"We were given ownership of the land which will be used for the development of the RTS and Custom Immigration Quarantine centre.
"We did not have to purchase the land in question, but found a solution to obtain it," he added.
He also said the RM1.232bil additional allocation under the Bill was meant to upgrade KTMB's capabilities, specifically under the Gemas-Johor dual track project.
"The RM1.232bil is given specifically for the Gemas Johor dual track project as the initial ceiling was pegged at RM1bil, while the actual expenditure is RM2.493bil.
"That is why we need the additional allocation," he added.
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