Faulty lifts, escalators in Ampang Park LRT fully operational again, says Dr Wee


KUALA LUMPUR: The faulty lifts and escalators in the Ampang Park LRT station are fully operational again after an inspection by the Health and Safety Department, says the Transport Minister.

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong added that the facilities were available for public use from Sunday (May 22).

"Detailed supervision and inspection by the department were carried out today for all lifts and escalators at the Ampang Park LRT Station to ensure its safety.," he told the media on Sunday.

Dr Wee said 96.5% of lifts and 90% of escalators in all RapidRail stations were operational.

However, he added the remaining facilities could be under maintenance and waiting for spare parts.

The minister said that the delay in maintenance was due to a supply shortage of spare parts, citing import disruptions from China.

"The expected date of completion of maintenance and overhaul depends on the current situation in Shanghai.

"A period of three months is required for the process of shipping spare parts from the original equipment manufacturer in China and Rapid Rail is closely monitoring suppliers and contractors to expedite the procurement and installation of spare parts," he added.

He also urged that the spare parts supply be transported using air freights instead of waterways to cut time.

Dr Wee was at the Ampang Park LRT station on Sunday, accompanied by Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi to inspect the updates on faulty escalators and lifts that went viral recently.

A photo of a man using crutches trying to take the stairs at the station went around social media a few days ago which caused the public to call for an explanation from the operators.

"I received messages from Ras Adiba in regards to the issue a few days ago while I was on a working visit at Labuan.

"Following that, we are here today at Ampang Park LRT station to observe the updates," Dr Wee said.

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