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KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Jan 2017:
KTM Bhd (KTMB) incurred losses amounting to RM6 million last year due to vandalism as 1,300 units of broken train windscreens had to be replaced.
Corporate communications manager Siti Badariah Wan Hanafi said nine people have been caught vandalising the assets of the company over the past two years and they have been handed to the police.
“They can be charged under Section 427 of the Penal Code, and upon conviction, will be liable to imprisonment for up to two years or a fine or both.”
She said KTMB could also seek damages from the people through civil claims.
Siti Badariah added that the windscreens were mostly broken by stone-throwing vandals.
“The windscreens are mostly hit by stones thrown by kids when trains passed through residential areas.”
Even though the act of throwing stones did not cause injuries to passengers, Siti Badariah said it had disrupted train services.
“If the act of vandalism causes severe damage, we have to suspend the train service to replace the windscreens to ensure the safety of passengers.”
However, she said train users need not worry about their safety because safety has always been a top priority for KTMB.
Moreover, the train windscreens met the international standards and recognised by the International Union of Railways, she said.
“The windscreens are not the same type used in cars because it has its own standard and specification for most of rail transportation.”
Siti Badariah said KTMB had also taken various initiatives to overcome vandalism including using dogs to patrol the railway tracks and conducting operations to arrest vandals.
“KTMB is also approaching the public through various campaigns relating to crime prevention and anti-vandalism in schools and public places, especially in the residential areas near to the railway tracks.”