LRT crash: Cabinet approves 23 recommendations made by investigation committee

File photo of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (right) visiting the LRT tunnel after the two-train collision

PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has approved 23 recommendations made by the nine-member investigation committee on the May 24 LRT Kelana Jaya line collision incident.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the recommendations will improve systemic and safety aspects of RapidRail Sdn Bhd’s services in the short and long term.

“The Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday (June 9) has accepted the investigation committee’s 23 recommendations to achieve these systemic improvements expeditiously, and the ministry will audit the progress of these improvements periodically.

“The goals of the Committee’s findings are to identify any gaps and to recommend systemic improvements to both Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and Rapid Rail’s service.

“Particular attention was given to ensure that the entire rail service industry and infrastructure management keep public safety as a paramount concern.

“This report is not for the purpose of apportioning blame nor liability on any party, ” said Dr Wee, at a virtual press conference on Thursday (June 10).

The recommendations consist of five short term, 11 medium term and seven long term changes.

Among the short term recommendations, which must be implemented within the next three months, is for two hostlers (drivers) to be assigned during manual train operation within tunnels.

One hostler will drive the train, while another will act as a safety and compliance officer.

The investigation committee has also called for an improvement of the checklists used by hostlers and operation control centres (OCC) during manual operation and critical situations.

Work tools given to hostlers to carry out their duties in low visibility environments such as LRT tunnels must be upgraded, the committee said.

It also recommended the setting up of a “sighting committee” to perform audits on track markers.

For the medium and long term, the recommendations include improving refresher courses and re-certification for hostlers and OCC personnel to maintain their competencies.

Dr Wee said Prasarana and RapidRail must implement the 23 recommendations “by hook or by crook”.

“This is for the safety of the people and commuters.

“The ministry will make sure they deliver and comply to the SOPs 100%, ” said Dr Wee.

The investigation committee is headed by Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak.

In the 8.45pm incident on May 24, 213 passengers were injured, 47 of them seriously, following the collision of two LRT trains on the Kelana Jaya line, which occurred in a tunnel between the KLCC and Kampung Baru stations.

The crash involved one train carrying passengers and another train, which was said to have been test-driven following a fault, carrying only a driver.

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