Transport minister: Prasarana establishes committee to identify cause of LRT train brake issue

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong speaks during a press conference after inspecting the LRT service escalators and lifts at the Ampang Park LRT station in Kuala Lumpur May 22, 2022. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) has established a committee to identify the main cause behind the brake calliper hydraulic fluid leakage that caused a disruption to the Kelana Jaya line Light Rail Transit service last Friday.

The committee is made out of Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd (Rapid Rail) train spare parts supply companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and independent consultants.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the committee will begin work this Tuesday to identify the main problem in a period of two weeks before follow-up action is taken.

“Because of two incidents occurring in less than two weeks, we need to view the matter comprehensively and figure out why there are hydraulic fluid leaks and both are related to callipers said to be damaged because according to the maintenance schedule, it occurred earlier than its expected

“That’s why we need to study why the damage occurred earlier, the lifespan can reach till six to seven yeras but there’s damage after five years of use,” he told reporters after inspecting the LRT service escalators and lifts at the Ampang Park LRT station today.ADVERTISING

Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi and Prasarana president cum group chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah were also present.

Wee also said repair and maintenance of lifts and escalators at public transport stations managed by Rapid Rail will be conducted in stages and is expected to be completed by this September.

Wee said however, it would depend on the reopening of OEM factories that supply spare parts from Shanghai, China that have been affected by the current lockdown in China.

“It’s been almost two months since Shanghai was locked down, so there is a slight difficulty in obtaining spare parts as they have halted operations, Prasarana is also looking for other methods, and seeing if there are any spare part stocks in other areas, or whether we will need to wait for the OEMs to send them.

“We have also decided that these parts will not be sent by ship but will be send via air freight.

“We expect to save a month using air freight, if we use shipping, it requires going to the port, coming here and getting clearance and all that so it will be slow… we will expedite it, we have a formula but it depends on when Shanghai reopens,” 

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