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KLIA Passengers Stranded As Train And Rescue Train Breaks Down

KLIA Passengers Stranded As Train And Rescue Train Breaks Down

The passengers had to walk along tracks under the rain.

Fernando Fong

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Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has temporarily suspended aerotrain services at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 until a period to be announced later.

Its Managing Director, Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, said the suspension of the operation of both aerotrains was due to the frequency of breakdowns, including the latest incident at 3 pm Wednesday (1 March).

We regret to announce the suspension of aerotrain operations between the main building and the satellites effective today for safety reasons.

MAHB managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood on the aerotrain suspension.

The latest incident caused 114 passengers stranded in the aerotrain in the middle of the track.

The second train deployed to transport the passengers also broke down, forcing the passengers to walk to the satellite building in the pouring rain.

As a temporary solution, MAHB will consider all options, including repairing the aerotrain involved.

In addition, 18 intermediary buses continue to operate as usual to facilitate the movement of passengers at KLIA Terminal 1.

There will be new trains, but they will not be fully operational until 2025.

Currently, the aerotrain replacement project is in Phase 1.

It requires the complete conversion of carriages, tracks and appropriate infrastructure, which will be completed by the end of the second quarter of this year.

MAHB Expresses Regret

Commenting on the fate of the 114 stranded passengers yesterday, Iskandar explained that all passengers were given immediate assistance, and 10 missed their flights to their respective destinations.

The 10 passengers who missed their flights were given accommodation and return flight tickets to their respective destinations were re-arranged and borne by MAHB.

MAHB managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood on compensation for the passengers.

The KLIA Terminal 1 Aerotrain has operated for the past 25 years, with a total travel distance of around 2.8 million kilometres and handling around 300 million passengers.

Meanwhile, the incident had drawn criticism from netizens.

They called it a national embarrassment as the aerotrain had also broken down previously.

Is Malaysia Really That Bad?

While there have been public transport breakdowns in Malaysia, this is not a constant or universal experience for all users of the country’s public transport system.

The quality and reliability of public transport services in Malaysia may vary depending on various factors, including the type of transport, the route, the time of day, and the condition of the vehicles and infrastructure.

There may be occasional breakdowns or delays like any other transportation system, but this does not mean Malaysia’s public transport always breaks down.

Recently, the Malaysian government has significantly invested in upgrading and maintaining the country’s public infrastructure, including transportation, highways, and buildings.

There were also inspections by Transport Minister Anthony Loke to ensure that transport facilities are regularly checked and maintained for efficiency.

READ MORE: Anthony Loke Is Anwar Ibrahim’s Best-Performing Minister

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