May
17 May 2017
OFFICIALS FROM TOURISM MALAYSIA VISIT MRT INFORMATION CENTRE

OFFICIALS from the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, better known as Tourism Malaysia, visited the MRT Information Centre at Seri Kembangan on 17 May 2017.

The officials led by Corporate Communication Director Encik Iskandar Mirza Mohd Yusof was welcomed by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Deputy General Manager Mr Leong Shen-Li.

The 20-strong delegation was given a brief overview of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Project by Leong. He explained the importance of the Project in the Klang Valley which will serve the ever-increasing population around the vicinity.

Besides touching on the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line which was already partially operational, Leong also highlighted the second MRT line, the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line was taking shape.

Besides providing information to the officials, Leong explained the roles and distinction between MRT Corp and Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, which is the operator of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.

The session ended with a group photograph and a quick refreshment that is provided for them. 


13 May 2017
SURIAN MRT STATION-SUNWAY NEXIS LINK BRIDGE OFFICIALLY OPENED

THE pedestrian link bridge connecting the Surian Station of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line and the Sunway Nexis SOHO was officially opened on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

The 80m link bridge was the first of its kind connecting an MRT station with an adjacent private development to be fully completed and opened to the public.

A simple opening ceremony was carried out at the entrance to the link bridge at Sunway Nexis, with representatives from the Sunway Group, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), Sunway Nexis Joint Management Body and others.

The construction of the bridge was carried out by Sunway PKNS Sdn Bhd, the developer of Sunway Nexis.

The opening was marked by the popping of balloons and the cutting of a cake in the shape of an MRT train. Speeches were also delivered by Sunway PKNS Director, Projects, Project Management Encik Adly Sham, and MRT Corp Deputy General Manager Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Mr Leong Shen-Li.

In conjunction with the opening of the link bridge, Sunway Nexis also held a weekend bazaar which was organised by Caring Moms. The event was also held to coincide with Mother’s Day celebrations.

The link bridge connects Entrance B of the Surian Station with Level One of Sunway Nexis. With the opening of the bridge, Sunway Nexis is also offering its car park for MRT commuters to use as a park and ride facility.


11 May 2017
DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER I VISITS MRT SUNGAI BULOH-KAJANG LINE

DEPUTY Finance Minister I Dato’ Wira Othman Aziz led a delegation from the Ministry of Finance on a visit to the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line this morning.

Othman arrived at the Pusat Bandar Damansara Station and took an MRT train ride to Kwasa Damansara Station. He was accompanied by MRT Corp Chief Financial Officer Dato’ Mohd Hairul Abdul Hamid and Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Chief Operating Officer SBK Line Tuan Haji Isom Azis.

At the Kwasa Damansara Station, the delegation transferred onto feeder buses to reach the Sungai Buloh MRT Depot.

Othman was first briefed on the SBK Line operations during a closed door session before being given a tour of the Operations Control Centre and also the Rolling Stock Maintenance Office.

After the depot, the delegation again boarded feeder buses and travelled to the Sungai Buloh Station where they boarded an MRT train to return to Pusat Bandar Damansara

09 May 2017
GHANA DELEGATES TAKE A RIDE ON MRT

A group of six officials from Ghana led by Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation Hon. Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei took a ride on the MRT on 9 May 2017.

They were greeted by the Deputy General Manager Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Mr Leong Shen-Li at the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station.

The officials were handed with tokens before Leong demonstrated to them how to use their token at the automatic fare gates. Before heading up to the escalator, Leong introduced the entire route of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line which consists of 31 stations including seven underground stations.

While waiting for the arrival of the train, Leong delivered a short briefing of the project to the officials at the platform of the station. Afterwards, they boarded the train to Bandar Utama MRT Station. The roles and distinction between MRT Corp and Rapid Rail were also pointed out along the journey.

Upon the arrival at Bandar Utama Station, Leong brought them for a walkabout at the station. He showed the officials the future build-up linkway to the One Utama shopping mall which is expected to be ready in July. Passengers can be connected through a common concourse to the shopping mall with ease.

After the walkabout, the officials were then advised to head back to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station. On board, Leong thanked the officials for their time visiting the MRT Project. The visit ended once they arrived at the Pusat Bandar Damansara Station. The officials were invited to visit MRT by Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd.


04 May 2017
Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia Study Visit

STUDENTS from Universitas Negeri Padang, Indonesia visited the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Corporate Headquarters on 4 May 2017 to learn more about Human Resource operations.

The delegation led by Masters of Management Director Ibu Erni Masdupi was welcomed to the Perak Auditorium by Strategic Human Resource Director Encik Zainudin Ismail.

He started his presentation with a brief overview of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project and explained that the MRT Project was established as part of the Economic Transformation Programme in Malaysia. There is a need for the MRT as the Klang Valley is projected to reach a population figure of 10 million people.

Upon sharing details about the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line and MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line, he went on to discuss about the 4 strategic themes to achieve the MRT Key Performance Indicators (KPI), which are; effective project cost management; effective engagement with stakeholders; effective project management and operational excellence; and development of human capital.

In order to achieve the KPI, MRT Corp has incorporated various methods in the recruitment and selection process, where various background checks of prospective individuals were done such as ensuring that they are financially stable and will not harm any potential employees and company funds.

MRT Corp also has various retention strategies such as the remuneration packages and the new flexi benefits system.

Zainudin also talked about how work-life balance is practiced in this organisation, the training programme and facilities provided as well as the operations of manpower planning.

He ended his presentation by underlying the various employment schemes. Among them are the Young Engineer Scheme and Offset Engineers Programme. 


April
28 April 2017
MRT Occupational Safety & Health Conference 2017

WITH the International Labour Organisation celebrating World Day for Occupational Safety and Health at Work (OSH) annually on 28 April, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) organised a two-day conference to commemorate it. 

 

Held at the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Training Centre, Sungai Buloh on 27 – 28 April 2017, the theme for this year’s OSH Day was ‘Optimise the Collection and Use of OSH Data.’

The theme focuses on the critical need for the workplace to improve their capacity to collect and utilise reliable safety and health (OSH) data.

 

This OSH Conference was organised with the aim to educate MRT Corp, the MRT Work Package Contractors, MMC Gamuda- KVMRT (PDP SSP) Sdn Bhd and individuals from various government agencies about various safety and health measures in the construction industry.

 

The event was launched by Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia (DOSH), Deputy Director General Tuan Haji Omar Mat Piah. In his speech during the launch Omar said, “I am happy that the MRT Project is taking actions as per Act 514 OSH Act 1994”. The act is ‘An act to make further provisions for security the safety, health and welfare of persons at work, protecting others against risk to safety or health in connection with the activities of persons at work.’

 

A prize giving ceremony for the various competitions organised prior to the OSH Day was also held during the conference. The competitions involved MRT Corp, MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd and Work Package Contractors (WPC) involved in the MRT Project. These were organised to increase the awareness of OSH practices. Recognition of previous performance successes in the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line was also done for the WPCs.

 

Proceedings for the first day of the conference involved talks from distinguished individuals from the OSH community in Malaysia.

 

Universiti Putra Malaysia Senior Lecturer Dr Vivien How began the conference by giving a presentation about ‘Building a Safe and Healthier Nation: Are We There Yet.’ She spoke about the number of workers ever-increasing the most in the construction industry. With this, it is highly important to ensure that the safety of workers is not compromised. Amongst the advances that are currently available is that there are more ways in enhancing knowledge about it. Employees and employers have to concurrently strive to achieve it.

 

‘Mandatory and Enforcement on Scaffolding Requirement’ was the topic of the second session, presented by Encik Mohd Khairi Kamarulzaman from DOSH.  Khairi explained to the attendees about the various methods of scaffolding and the regulations that individuals need to abide by. Amongst it is that before a scaffolding is used, it needs to be inspected by a certified Designated Person to ensure that is safe before use. This person would usually have to inspect that the conditions of the scaffolding is in prime condition especially with weather conditions in Malaysia that might affect the condition of it.

 

After lunch, Ir Tan Yean Chin, a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia gave a talk about safety in temporary works in construction. During his talk, he explained to the audience that the most dangerous works are those temporary works. Many examples of various accidents from projects around the country that was shown. Tan commended the MRT Project in that it is the only construction project that implements underground supervisors to check on work conducted underground.

 

To end the first day, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Head Tuan Haji Sazali Che Amat gave a talk about the ‘CIDB Act 520 and Standards Requirement on Scaffolding.’ He explained that CIDB has the right to certify construction materials in the construction industry including the scaffolding in accordance with the standard specified as per Section 33C (1). Contractors are also advised to obtain the Certificate of Standard of Compliance that had been issued by CIDB upon receiving their goods from suppliers. With this certification, the goods will be deemed certified and deemed fit for use in the construction industry.

 

The second day of the conference began with MRT Corp Centralised Labour Quarters, Safety, Security, Health and Environment Head Encik Yusof Kasiron presenting an overview of the MRT Project OSH Report Card. He presented the incident statistics that MRT Corp had for the MRT SBK Line also the target for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line. Improvements have been made for the SSP Line for MRT Corp and the WPCs to learn from the SBK Line. “Mistakes are meant for learning and not to be repeated,” said Yusof.

 

MMC Gamuda- KVMRT (PDP SSP) Sdn Safety, Health and Environment Director Mr Steven Walton then took over the floor and talked about the balance scorecard approach in the construction industry. Here, he mentioned that MRT Corp together with MMC-Gamuda as the Project Delivery Partner play a pivotal role in setting the standards to the WPCs. Exemplary standards need to be set by the higher management of each of the organisations so that others will follow suit.

 

A lifting safety exercise was then conducted by IJM Construction Sdn Bhd Safety and Health Manager Encik Mohd Yusaini Mohd Yusof. Safety measures are to be taken when this exercise is in place especially when working in a limited and restricted area. A lot of planning has to be done with other organisations to ensure that this is conducted smoothly. A video of the link bridge installation for the MRT Taman Pertama Station was shown to the audience as this was conducted by IJM Construction Sdn Bhd.

 

MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd Safety, Health and Environment Head Mr Christopher Fenton gave an explanation to the audience about demolition works and safety precautionary measures that need to be observed. Construction sites for the MRT Project have covered walkways in public areas. These walkways are established for the safety of the public that might venture into the area.  

 

Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd Environmental Health and Safety Manager Puan Noraini Daliman explained the safety measures that are taken upon assembling the MRT train. The train, that is assembled in the train assembly plant in Rasa, Selangor, is the first of its kind in Malaysia. Siemens works together with SMH Rail Sdn Bhd. All personnel working here would have to undergo electrical safety management training prior to commencing work.

 

A talk about OSH Management that had been practiced was given by Mr Kumaran Jeyacelan from RD Resources Sdn Bhd. The company’s involvement in the MRT Project was that it was awarded the contract for construction of the multi-storey car park at the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn Station. He explained that when construction works are ongoing, his company has to report to MMC-Gamuda about the status updates on any safety issues that might arise. With this, safety is always at the forefront and that additional external training is being done for his employees.

 

The second last speaker for the conference was Mr Alan Beaty from MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd. He spoke about ‘Safety Aspect in Launching Girder Operation.’ The topic was interesting to the audience as his team constantly work closely with the traffic management team of the project. Traffic management plans need to be in place and constantly be updated from time to time as the heavy machinery used needs to bypass busy roads and thus a solid plan needs to be in place.

 

The final speaker for the conference was Mr Alan Beaty who is an international Site Manager Safety Training Scheme Trainer. Beaty, who was visiting Malaysia for a couple of days, showcased to the audience the various limitations of roads in the Klang Valley for pedestrians. Behavioural problems by drivers in addition to unfriendly nature of the landscape of areas are seen to be a problem in the country. He highlighted that although the MRT Station is prominent and is of close proximity to where he was, it was hard to gain access to it via foot.

 

This conference two-day conference was seen as a success and all the attendees were then presented with participation certificates. Conferences like these help MRT Corp and its partners to showcase the importance of safety in the project.

 


26 April 2017
FOREIGN MISSION REPRESENTATIVES VISIT MRT CENTRALISED LABOUR QUARTERS

REPRESENTATIVES from the Bangladesh and Indonesia missions in Malaysia visited the V202 AZSB Sdn Bhd Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ) for the MRT Sungai Buloh- Serdang- Putrajaya Line at the Sungai Buloh CLQ on 26 April 2017.

The visit enabled Bangladesh Labour Counsellor Mr Sayedul Islam and Indonesian Transportation Attaché Captain Mochamad Abduh to see for themselves the standard of housing provided by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) for workers involved in the construction of the MRT SSP Line.

Upon their arrival at the CLQ, Sayedul and Mochamad were greeted by MRT Corp Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Director Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah and MMC- Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd Public Relations and Stakeholder Management Head Encik Zamri Hassan.

MRT Corp Centralised Labour Quarters, Health, Safety, Security and Environment Head Encik Yusof Kasiron then gave a briefing about the CLQ initiative under the MRT Project.

Established in 2012, there were previously 11 CLQs for the MRT SBK Line whereas the MRT SSP Line will have 13 CLQs. Three of them will be located in Sungai Buloh, one in Cochrane whereas nine will be built in Serdang, to cater for the southern section of the MRT SSP Line alignment.

A tour of the CLQ was then given to the representatives. Led by MMC-Gamuda Centralised Labour Quarters General Manager Captain (R) Dr Mohd Fuad Omar and MRT Corp Standard and Compliance Director Tuan Syed Mahdhar Syed Hussain, they were shown the facilities and features of the CLQ. Top security measures such as facial and finger print scanning is required for anyone entering and leaving the CLQ.

The tour included the CLQ sick bay, several rooms occupied by workers, communal kitchen, and shower and toilet facilities.

Commenting on the facilities of the CLQ, Sayedul said that he was impressed with facilities provided by MRT Corp. He believed that comfortable living conditions that MRT Corp had provided would ensure that the productivity of the workers would be good.

The visit ended with the foreign representatives each receiving a plaque as a token of appreciation from MRT Corp for their visit to the CLQ.


18 April 2017
Memacu Agenda Bumiputera 2017 Exhibition

THE Memacu Agenda Bumiputera 2017 Exhibition was recently held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 18 April 2017 – 19 April 2017 and Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) participated in this exhibition as part of the Bumiputera Agenda that the organisation partakes in.

During this exhibition, the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Roadmap 2.0 was unveiled by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

This roadmap is a strategic dimension programme for Bumiputera companies and individuals in the quest to strengthen economic participation of the community. Importance of this is as currently, 68.6% of individuals in Malaysia comprise of Bumiputeras.

In his speech prior to the launch, Najib highlighted the “Carve Out & Compete” initiative in which at least 40% to 50% of contract values, vendors or business opportunities in mega-projects would be given to Bumiputera companies.

MRT Corp had been identified as a successful project in that 51% of work package contracts for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line were awarded to Bumiputera contractors.  Besides that, the organisation has set a great example in awarding 50% of retail space at SBK Line stations to nine Bumiputera companies.

MRT Corp also placed an Information Truck that was strategically located inside the exhibition hall for visitors to know more about the project and also the Bumiputera participation. MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar and Chief Financial Officer Dato’ Mohd Hairul Abdul Hamid paid a visit to the truck and was warmly greeted by individuals from the MRT Young Entrepreneurs Programme II who was in attendance. 


18 April 2017
DELEGATES FROM SAUDI ARABIA VISITS MRT PROJECT

IN conjunction with a knowledge-sharing session between the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and the Delivery Unit from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) hosted these delegates to the MRT Project on 18 April 2017.

The seven delegates that comprised of individuals from the Delivery Unit from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Directors from both Middle East and Malaysia were met with our SBK Line Project Director Mr Marcus Karakashian at the MRT Operations Control Centre (OCC) Administration building.

Here, they then proceeded with a tour to the OCC. Marcus explained to the delegates about the roles that MRT Corp and Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd will play respectively with regard to the SBK Line.

The MRT train depot is the largest in South East Asia and facilities such as the rolling stock stabling yard was pointed out to the delegates.

They then boarded the MRT feeder bus from the OCC and headed to the MRT Sungai Buloh Station. Upon reaching the station, Marcus highlighted to the delegates about the integration that the MRT has with the KTM service. A common concourse had been built for seamless and easy travel between the two services.

The visit ended with a train ride to the Semantan Station and the delegates maximised the opportunity to learn more about the project.


17 April 2017
BANK OF CHINA VISITS MRT PROJECT

A GROUP of delegates from the Bank of China, Shanghai branch visited the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project on 17 April 2017. They were brought to the MRT Information Centre Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and the 10 delegates were led by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Foreign Investment Coordination Division Assistant Director Ms Teo Cho Cheng.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Deputy General Manager, Mr Leong Shen-Li introduced the delegates to the MRT Project.

Here, he explained the importance of the MRT Project in the Klang Valley. The ever-increasing population in the Klang Valley and the number of cars in the area is exorbitant and needs to be reduced. Rail projects such as the MRT Project had been established for this to be achieved.  

Besides providing information about the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line and MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line, Leong added that the proposed MRT Circle Line will potentially be similar to the concept that is already in place in Beijing, China.

In addition to that, explanation about the MRT Project implementing automatic platform gates at the platform, which is unlike any other rail projects in Malaysia, duly impressed the delegates.

The visit ended with light refreshments being served to them.


15 April 2017
Malaysia Property Exposition (MAPEX)

MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd participated in the 2017 Malaysia Property Exposition (MAPEX 2017) held at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur held from 14 April – 16 April 2017.

Themed “Greater Connectivity for Better Affordable Living”, our organisation was invited to participate in the exposition as a mega-infrastructure project that will transform the Greater Klang Valley.

Public transportation and mega-infrastructure projects like the MRT Project is transforming our cities for the ever-increasing population thus plays a pivotal role in controlling congestion.

Speaking at the official opening, MAPEX 2017 Organising Chairman and Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (REHDA) Past President and Patron Datuk Ng Seing Liong said that “The newly-launched MRT and other upcoming LRT and MRT Projects will set the change for people’s lifestyle as they will use it to commute to work.”

Minister of Transport Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai officiated the event and highlighted that transit-oriented developments are becoming increasingly valued in current times of development in the country. 


March
24 March 2017
Babson College USA and UNIRAZAK Malaysia Visit

YOUNG entrepreneurs of Babson College USA, recently put together a short briefing session with Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah to get insights on the operations and development of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

Held at the MRT Information Centre in Jalan Ipoh on the 24th March 2017, this session was aimed to gain information on ‘education for entrepreneurship’ as UNIRAZAK are exclusive partnership with Babson College via its entrepreneurship development programmes and models.

The students were very interested in discussing the challenges and opportunities that Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) had to face during the entire development of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

Along with MRT Corp Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah on the session is Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Senior Manager Integrity Muhammad Sree Abdullah which he discussed on the importance of having an integrity department in an organisation as well as how crucial it is for an individual to be a whistle blower.

The session ended with a group photograph and a quick refreshment that is provided for them by the MRT Information Centre in Jalan Ipoh.


23 March 2017
Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia (JKR) visits the Operations Control Centre (OCC)

 A GROUP of 40 delegates from Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia (JKR) went for a technical visit on the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system on the 23rd March 2017.

The tour was aimed at allowing the delegates to gain knowledge from the implementation of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.  

The tour began at the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station, where Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Project Director Mr. Marcus Karakashian, gave a short briefing to the delegation. They then boarded a train to the Kwasa Damansara MRT Station, where they transferred onto a feeder bus towards Operations Control Centre (OCC). During the journey, he talked about the SBK Line and how it evolves to how it is today.

Upon the arrival at the OCC, the delegation was brought to the presentation room to gain further understanding of the operations of the SBK Line from MRT SBK Line Head of Rail Operations Azmi Mohd Zin. The delegation, from JKR’s Cawangan Kerja Bangunan Am 1, were very eager to learn from the experience and challenges that MRT Corp and operator RapidRail Sdn Bhd had to go through with the SBK Line.

The delegation was also briefed on how the automatic train operations system worked as well as the safety features of the system.

Right after light refreshments, the delegations took the train back to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station.


22 March 2017
Global Transformation Forum Delegates Visits MRT Project

WITH the Global Transformation Forum (GTF) being organised in Kuala Lumpur from 22 March 2017 – 23 March 2017, 25 delegates from Albania, Uganda, Russia and Portugal visited the MRT Project on 21 March 2017.

The delegates were from various governmental positions and were keen to see for themselves the concrete achievements from the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) in the Greater Kuala Lumpur.

Primarily organised by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), the delegates were also going to visit Masjid Jamek area as part of River of Life’s transformation as well as KL City Gallery.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Deputy General Manager Mr Leong Shen-Li welcomed the delegates to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station. Here, they boarded the train for a return trip to Surian MRT Station.

During the visit, the delegates managed to ask various questions about the project including the link between the KLIA Ekspres and the MRT. The connectivity between the two services will be at the Muzium Negara MRT Station where passengers can then board the train to the airport via KL Sentral.

The delegates enjoyed the hour-long visit of the MRT stations and train ride that was given to them.


22 March 2017
Young Land Public Transportation Supporters Tour

SIX young public transport enthusiasts had the time of their lives when they got the chance to see for themselves how the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line is operated.

As members of the Young Land Public Transportion Supporters group organized by the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) six of them - Muhammad Ashraff Adnan, 20; Muhammad Adam Zikry Md Zamran, 17; Razim Mansor, 22; Amirur Rashid Noor Zahid, 17; Ho Yee Tatt Adison, 17 and Aliff Mohd Rafik, 16 - got a ride on the MRT as well as were brought to the Operations Control Centre (OCC) and the Rolling Stock Maintenance Office (RSMO) in the Sungai Buloh Depot on 22 March 2017.

The programme was a part of a tour organized by the SPAD for selected young people who are very interested in the transportation industry.

These public transportation enthusiasts, took a ride on the MRT train from the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station to the Kwasa Damansara MRT Station.

Throughout the journey, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah gave the young supporters first hand insights on the interesting traits of the railway tracks as well as the MRT trains itself.

From the Kwasa Damansara MRT Station, the group were brought to the OCC on an MRT feeder bus where the eager Young LPT Supporters were briefed by MRT SBK Line Head of Rail Maintenance Encik Ramli Safie on how the automatic train operations systems worked as well as the safety features of the system.

They were then taken to the RSMO by MRT SBK Line Head of Heavy Maintenance Encik Mohamad Fikri Mokhy where they saw how the trains underwent maintenance.

At the end of the tour, the Young LPT Supporters posed for a group picture before taking a ride back to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station.


16 March 2017
City Group visits Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line (Phase 1)

Head of Corporate Access Origination South East Asia of City Group Sarah See recently organized a visit to the recently opened MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line on 16th March 2017.

This programme consist of 25 representatives from City Group Singapore, Hong Kong as well as Malaysia. The representatives were part of a three-day tour which was a part of a visit to various Malaysia’s plans to oversee the latest infrastructure development in Malaysia. Due to the rise of development in Malaysia, they aimed to personally see the growth from various companies.

They took a ride on the MRT train from the Sungai Buloh MRT Station to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station.

Leading the tour was Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Deputy General Manager of Corporate Communications Mr Leong Shen-Li. He was also met by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad of Group Communications and Strategic Marketing Encik Shahrizal Md Shah.

Prasarana Malaysia Bhd manages the MRT line and is currently the operator of the SBK Line.

Joining them on this visit were DanaInfra Nasional Berhad Encik Adi Johan and Encik Asri Ahmad.

DanaInfra has played a vital role in the development of the MRT Project; which is a part of the Greater KL/Klang Valley Integrated Transit System under the Land Public Transport Commission of Malaysia (SPAD).

At the Sungai Buloh MRT Station, the entire delegates was shown on how the station was integrated with the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) services. Passengers can now transfer from one line to another and be connected through a common concourse with ease. Each of them were then handed a token to take a ride on the train.

While they waited for the train to arrive at the platform, they were all briefed on how the automatic train operations system works and the challenges that MRT Corp and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has to go through.  

Afterwards they boarded the train and headed straight to the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station. Throughout the journey, Leong Shen-Li conducted a Question & Answer (Q&A) session while also explaining the special attributes and landmarks situated along the railway.

The visit ended at the Pusat Bandar Damansara Station where the representatives had final explanations about the commercial development of MRT Corp and each member from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia were presented with a souvenir goodie bag.


10 March 2017
MRT Corp and PPj Sign the Mutual Agreement

A signing ceremony of a mutual agreement between Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) and Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) was signed at Bilik Kesidang, Level 9, Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya on 10 March 2017.

The two parties signed the agreement to seal the collaboration of the second MRT line, MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line with the future development in Putrajaya especially in Precinct 7 which is planned to be as the Partial Commercial Centre in Putrajaya.

The SSP Line will cover from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya which includes Sri Damansara, Kepong, Batu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Kuchai Lama, Seri Kembangan and Cyberjaya.

In addition to provide facilities for the commuters, this agreement aimed to extend the partnership for building the multi storey park n ride and lay-by facilities at the future station in Putrajaya.

The signatories to the mutual agreement were MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar and Perbadanan Putrajaya President Datuk Seri Haji Hasim Ismail.

Witnesses of this signing ceremony were MRT Corp Project Director SSP Line Dato’ Amiruddin Ma’aris and PPj Vice President Town Planning Dato’ Fadlun Mak Ujud.

Speaking at the ceremony, Datuk Seri Haji Hasim Ismail said this mutual agreement will set the ease to pave the way for future development in Putrajaya. Known as well-planned city, Perbadanan Putrajaya is looking forward to give full support in providing the first and final mile connectivity to the commuters.

Among the attendees were MRT Corp Construction Director SSP Line Encik Nor Saidi Muda, MRT Corp Company Secretary Mr David Loo Kean Beng, representative from our Project Delivery Partner (PDP) MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP SSP) Mr Param Sivalingam, and from Perbadanan Putrajaya were Corporate Service Vice President Dato’ Rogaizat Abdullah, Town Service Vice President Datuk Azizi Ahmad Termizi, Park and Landscape Vice President Datuk Baharuddin Aziz and Treasury Vice President Nik Shukri Nik Soh and senior staffs of both parties.

The signing ceremony ended with a group photo and lunch.


08 March 2017
MEET & GREET SESSION WITH YB DATO’ SRI HAJAH NANCY SHUKRI

IN conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), organised a meet and greet session with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri.

Held at the Pusat Bandar Damansara MRT Station on 7 March 2017, this session was titled ‘Choosing LPT As A Career: Meet The Women Who Move Your World.’ She discussed about various topics such as how more women are being involved in the public transportation industry.

The attendees from the day included women from Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad, SPAD, Express Rail Link (ERL) and Syarikat Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana). 

Nancy was also joined by ERL Chief Executive Officer Puan Noormah Mohd Noor and Prasarana Rail and Infrastructure Projects Head YB Datin Hajah Norlia Noah.

The session was moderated by RTM 1 Selamat Pagi Malaysia host, Ms Tasneem Faisal.

Nancy was quoted saying to the women only audience that, “women should not compete against men, but instead improve our capabilities.” This was said in reference to more women being employed by Land Public Transport organisations.

The session ended with the attendees boarding the MRT train and taking a return trip from Pusat Bandar Damansara to Mutiara Damansara station. 


February
25 February 2017
MRT CORP CHAMPIONS MAYBANK GLOBAL MARKETS RUNNING MAN 2017

IT was a victorious morning for Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) on Saturday, 25 February 2017 when MRT Corp participated in the Global Markets Running Man 2017 and emerged as champions.

Organised by Maybank, 17 teams from 16 different organisations participated in this gruelling competition that was held at Kelab Komuniti Taman Tasik Cyberjaya.

The organisation was represented by employees from various departments.

They had to endure various team building, physical and mental challenges during the competition.

Maybank conducts these types of competitions to maintain positive relationships with their clientele.  MRT Corp’s participation in these competitions also help to promote the organisation and raise awareness about their service.


23 February 2017
United Kingdom Malaysia Urban Scoping Workshop Visits MRT Project

IN conjunction with the United Kingdom-Malaysia Urban Scoping Workshop held by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, 7 delegates from Malaysia and the United Kingdom visited the MRT Project on 23 February 2017.

The delegates were part of the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund. This fund promotes the economic development via the British High Commission and Malaysian government. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity to unlock further funding to support poverty alleviation.

The trip was part of a visit to various Malaysian projects to solve urban challenges and how public transportation helps to mitigate the issue.

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Project Director Mr Marcus Karakashian, gave a short briefing to the delegates at Wisma MRT. Here, he talked about the importance of the MRT system for people in the Klang Valley and how it will help minimise the increasingly high number of cars in the area.

After Marcus’ briefing, the delegates then headed to the Cochrane Station.

Upon arrival at the station, Marcus brought the delegates to a walkabout of the station. The depth of the station is at 25 meters below ground. One of the items highlighted was the ways to purchase tickets at the station. Passengers can either use the automated ticketed vending machines or customer service office to purchase them.

Led by British High Commission Kuala Lumpur Newton – Ungku Omar Fund Strategic Manager, Puan Izza Ismail, the delegates then were brought to the Taman Midah Station to gain further understanding about an elevated MRT station. This station is still undergoing final construction works but is on schedule to fully operate by July 2017.

Next on the itinerary was a visit to the Semantan Station and the delegates managed to catch a ride on the MRT train. The route that they took was to the Phileo Damansara Station.

Features of the automated platform gates that have been installed at the platform was mentioned. The gates will only open when the train has arrived at the station. This is a safety feature that is present at MRT elevated stations.

The visit ended with a train ride returning to the Semantan Station.

22 February 2017
PEMANDU CEO TOURS MRT SUNGAI BULOH-KAJANG LINE

CHIEF Executive Officer of the Performance Management Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department (Pemandu) Dato’ Sri Idris Jala visited the recently opened MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line on 22 February 2017.

His programme included a visit to the line’s operations control centre which is located in the Sungai Buloh MRT Depot and a ride on the MRT train from the Sungai Buloh MRT Station to the Semantan Station.

Leading the tour was Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) Project Director SBK Line Mr Marcus Karakashian. He was also met by Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Head of Operations MRT SBK Line Tuan Haji Azmi Mohd Zain.

Rapid Rail, a subsidiary of Prasarana Negara Bhd, is the operator of the SBK Line.

Joining him on his visit were his Director for NKRA Urban Public Transport and NKEA Greater Kuala Kumpur/Klang Valley Encik Ziad Hafiz Abdul Razak, Director for Programme Management Team Mr Nishan MPR Veera Kumar and other Pemandu officers.

Pemandu has played an instrumental role in the development of the Klang Valley MRT Project; which is one of the Entry Point Projects of the Greater Klang Lumpur/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area.

At the OCC, Jala was briefed on how the automatic train operations system worked and the safety features of the system. He was then taken to view the stabling yard at the depot.

The delegation then headed to the Sungai Buloh MRT Station, where Jala was shown how the station was integrated with the Keretapi Tanah Melayu services. Passengers transferring from one service to another were now able to do so easily via a common concourse.

He then boarded an MRT train and headed to the Semantan Station. Throughout the journey, Karakashian explained to Jala the various features and interesting landmarks along the way.

The visit ended at the Semantan Station where the delegation took a group photograph and each member was presented with a souvenir goodie bag.


21 February 2017
MRT CORP SHOWCASES INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM APPLICATION IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) took the opportunity to highlight the latest technology in Intelligent Transport System (ITS) during an exhibition of the Klang Valley MRT (KVMRT) Project at the ITS Seminar and Exhibition 2017.

Organised by the Intelligent Transport System Association of Malaysia, the exhibition was held at Connexion@Nexus in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur from 21 February 2017 to 23 February 2017.

The exhibition showcase the KVMRT Project’s ITS application in the fully automatic train operations system.

ITS application in the MRT system ranged from automatic train supervision to automatic fare collection to real time train arrival information to commuters.

The KVMRT project booth attracted many visitors, including Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof, his deputy Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who is also MRT Corp Chairman.

Ali delivered the keynote address during the seminar where he highlighted Malaysia’s plan for ITS, including in the public transport sector.

Participants of the seminar also got an opportunity to visit the operations control centre for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line on one of the seminar’s technical visits.


January
12 January 2017
ACCESSIBILITY AUDIT BY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

THE Ministry of Transport (MOT) (People with Disabilities Council) conducted an accessibility audit of the MRT buses, bus stops, stations and trains at the Kwasa Sentral Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station on 12 January 2017.

It was led by Parliament Member YB Senator Puan Bathmavathi Krishnan and Dr Ruzita Mohd Amin, head of the Disability Unit in International Islamic University Malaysia.

The audit was conducted specifically to examine the features that the MRT provides for individuals with disabilities and involved individuals from Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP) Sdn Bhd (MMC Gamuda) and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (PRASARANA).

To begin proceedings for the day, MRT Corp General Manager Electrical and Mechanical Building Services Ir. Major (R) Mohamed Shuhaidi Omar welcomed the delegation of auditors to the station. PRASARANA Group Communications and Strategic Marketing Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Puan Norazah Abdul Rashid then explained the itinerary for the day that included a ride on the MRT feeder bus and train.

During the entire audit, Bathmavathi and Dr Ruzita led the delegation of auditors in giving their respective feedback regarding the MRT service.

The first item that was on the audit schedule was the auditing of the feeder bus. MRT Corp Head of Trackworks & Maintenance Vehicle, Electrical & Mechanical Systems, Encik Zamri Abas led the delegation to board one of the feeder buses. Here, they were given a ride on the feeder bus, following the actual T801 route that covers the Kota Damansara area. They even stopped at one of the bus stops for the auditors to test out the features of the ramp that enable passengers on wheelchairs to ride the bus.

After the bus ride, MMC Gamuda Station Architect Encik Najdi Naimi led the tour for a walkabout at the Kwasa Sentral Station. Special parking facilities for individuals with disabilities and also station features such as lifts and tactile tiles for the blind were pointed out.

A ride on the MRT train was also given at the end of the audit in which the auditors boarded the train from Kwasa Sentral Station to Sungai Buloh Station.

Once on the train, MRT Corp Electrical and Mechanical Systems Director Mr Tarenjit Singh Khella explained that for the MRT trains, they plan to have special seat belts for individuals on wheelchairs. With this in place, their wheelchairs will not swerve when the train is moving.

Bathmavathi was quoted at the end of the audit saying “It is good that the MRT Project provides many types of facilities for the disabled community. Even though this is the case, we hope that they can alter minor tweaks that was mentioned during the audit.”

The audit session ended with lunch being served to the auditors.


11 January 2017
ONE MILLION MRT PASSENGERS

IT was a date to remember for Miss Ng Zhi Wei, 19, as she became the millionth passenger to use the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) service. Ng achieved this feat at 10.13am on 11 January 2017-  
27 days after the opening of the service between Sungai Buloh and Semantan for Phase One on 16 December 2016.

Unaware of the situation, she tapped her Touch N Go card at the Sungai Buloh Station to begin her journey to SEGI College, of which she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce, University Degree. 

It was a pleasant surprise to her when she was greeted by MRT Corp Commercial and Land Management Director Dato’ Haris Fadzilah Hassan and Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zohari Sulaiman.

As the fare gates opened, Haris and Zohari approached Ng saying that she was the one millionth passenger to use the MRT service.

She received several goodies from MRT Corp and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad including a brand-new Apple iPad.

“I am very surprised; but very happy. I would like to thank Rapid Rail and MRT Corp for these gifts. I am very happy with the MRT services. Before, my mother would need to send and fetch me to go to University. Now, I just take the MRT from Sungai Buloh to Kota Damansara,” said Ng.

Also present were Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Chief Operating Officer MRT Encik Muhammad Isom Azis and MRT Corp Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Project Director, Mr Marcus Karakashian.

Launched by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak on 15 December 2016, the first phase of the SBK Line commenced operations on the following day with a one-month free ride promotion on the train and feeder bus services. Users will only start paying for the services from 17 January 2017.

With one million passengers having used the system to date, the SBK Line’s average daily ridership was 40,000 passengers.

The trains see the most number of passengers during the weekends as members of the public try out the system in large numbers. The highest ridership in a single day was recorded on Christmas Day with a ridership of 67,000 passengers.

The busiest stations were Mutiara Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Utama, Kwasa Sentral and Semantan.


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