- The northern Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Komuter train line can begin operations once it has met international standards on safety
Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said it would approve the Komuter’s operations when KTM Berhad was ready with all the safety aspects.
He said this in reference to a picture of a railway line, starting from Gurun in Kedah and ending in Kamunting (Taiping), Perak, which was shared on social media recently.
“It is not that we do not want to approve it, but KTM has not completed the safety issues.
“If they want to proceed (with the operation testing), then they can do so, but we do not want to be responsible as SPAD does not want to burden the people and are also looking out for them,” he said that.
Syed Hamid said KTM would have to submit all safety records to allow SPAD to give approval according to procedures.
He said SPAD would not compromise in the matter because it involved the safety and lives of passengers.
“They have to show the records of all safety tests that have been passed without any failure.
“This is related to requirements and we want to see the safety records. When they are ready, they will send it to us for approval.”
Meanwhile, KTM president Sarbini Tijan said the company was still awaiting approval from SPAD, without commenting further on the matter.
“We are still waiting for official SPAD approval. Thank you,” he said through mobile application WhatsApp.
The Star Online had reported earlier that the Komuter train line was expected to be operational in September, pending approval. It said the Komuter Utara may have 11 stations, including Sungai Petani, Bukit Mertajam and Bagan Serai.
KTM chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said the Gurun-Taiping railway had been completed, but was not fully operational.
He said the company encountered “problems” with several train coaches supplied by Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd. However, three of the coaches ran without any problems.