Transport Ministry denies railwaymen union chief's claims on new trains, lodges report over allegations

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has lodged a police report against Railwaymen Union of Malaya (RUM) president Abdul Razak Md Hassan over several allegations posted on his Facebook page.

It refuted the accusations he made about Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd’s (KTMB) Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains, saying that all 13 arrived safely from the supplier and so it is only right they are used.

“The National Audit Department would question otherwise, ” it said in a statement on Thursday (April 8) rebutting Abdul Razak’s claim that the DMU trains were deployed in a hurry.

The ministry added that there are no issues regarding the safety levels of the DMU train fuel tank components as they are cleaned and repaired immediately as soon as damage or other defects are identified.

“These fuel tanks will also be replaced in stages as required. We emphasise that the DMU train fuel tank is safe to use, ” said the ministry.

It added that the the 13 new DMU trains are to replace the existing locomotives and passenger coaches for the East Coast route.

“The condition of existing locomotives and passenger coaches requires exorbitant maintenance costs and they frequently break down.

"In addition, the existing power generating car is unable to meet the operational needs of each line of coaches, ” it said.

According to the ministry, the DMU is more reliable than the trains currently in use on the route.

“This will benefit people along the East Coast train line, especially students who use the service on a daily basis, ” it said.

The ministry also said several DMU maintenance depot facilities are in the final stages of construction, and existing KTMB maintenance depots that can carry out any work needed on the trains in the meantime.

“The DMU trains that will be operational are new and only require scheduled inspections at this time, under the purview of KTMB, ” it said.

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