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KL monorail stalls again


SECOND INCIDENT IN A WEEK: 200 passengers transferred to other trains

KUALA LUMPUR: THE monorail service was disrupted for a second time in a week yesterday morning, after a train stalled between the Imbi and Bukit Bintang stations for about 30 minutes, trapping around 200 passengers.

KL Monorail said the incident happened at 8.35am and passengers were transferred to other trains at 8.55am.

"The train encountered a technical glitch and stopped in the middle of the track. However, there was power in the train and the air conditioning system was still running.

"Everyone was calm and there were no injuries," said KL Monorail spokesman Masnizam Hisham.

She said services resumed after half an hour and the cause of the incident was still being investigated.

"On behalf of KL Monorail, I would like to apologise to all passengers over the incident and the inconveniences caused," she said in a statement.

In an immediate reaction, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said it would study the second incident before giving any recommendations.

Last Saturday, 183 passengers were trapped and firemen had to be despatched to rescue them when a monorail stalled in front of Siew Dor Flats in Brickfields.

In reference to the first incident, SPAD said after studying reports, it concluded that the breakdown did not occur because the monorail was overloaded.

"The normal capacity for the train is 218 passengers and at the time of the incident, it was only carrying 183 passengers.

"The problem was caused by a power supply disruption at the circuit breaker. This caused the auxilliary power system to fail," it said in a statement.

SPAD also instructed Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd to review its standard operating procedure for emergency response training and provide comprehensive technical solutions to ensure the comfort and safety of passengers.

It also urged Prasarana to improve its "bypass emergency brake locking system" which was the main reason why the monorail stopped and could not be moved.

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