CM: Get Malacca monorail service back on track soon
MALACCA: The Land Public Transport Commission’s (SPAD) indefinite suspension of the Malacca monorail service has drawn criticisms as many felt it was only a “minor hiccup”. One dissatisfied person is Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
“It was only a small glitch caused by the air pressure of the sliding doors,” he said.
“Hence, it was unable to close fully, causing the train to stop,” he added.
The service did not need to be stopped until SPAD inspected the monorail again in the next 30 days, he said in Bachang here yesterday. Last Thursday, its operator Menara Taming Sari Sdn Bhd was given a 48-hour suspension order following an incident two days earlier when two British tourists were trapped after the service came to a sudden halt. It was supposed to resume service on Saturday but SPAD announced that it would remain suspended until further notice.
The monorail was launched in October last year to mark Malacca’s developed state status. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mohd Ali said SPAD should understand that it was a tourist monorail and not a mode of public transport.
“Even a public bus can be back on the road immediately after it has been repaired. “So what is the need to wait for a month in this case?” he asked. He said he would visit the site today to see how the engineers and technicians conducted their repairs. Menara Taming Sari chief executive officer Nazary Ahmad said the train service should be able to resume once all technical glitches had been looked into. He said the technical and maintenance teams were on their toes to meet the requirements on security and safety set by SPAD.
“We have also held several meetings with the monorail owner, the Malacca Historic City Council, to resolve the problem,” he said yesterday. The service manual, which was in Chinese, had already been translated into English and Bahasa Malaysia much earlier for the engineers’ use, he added.