LRT incident report to be submitted to Cabinet on June 9, says Wee

The LRT Kelana Jaya Line resumed operations on May 25, a day after the incident. The investigation sought to determine the contributing factors that led to the unfortunate incident involving trains 40 and 81, and not for the purpose of apportioning blame or liability on any party, according to Wee. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

The LRT Kelana Jaya Line resumed operations on May 25, a day after the incident. The investigation sought to determine the contributing factors that led to the unfortunate incident involving trains 40 and 81, and not for the purpose of apportioning blame or liability on any party, according to Wee. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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PUTRAJAYA (June 3): The investigation report into the May 24 Light Rail Transit (LRT) train crash will be submitted in the Cabinet meeting next Wednesday, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

In a statement today, he said the report will entail recommendations to improve public transport safety and to prevent such an incident.

"It is the government’s intention to continuously find ways and means to improve the safety of public transport for users as a paramount priority," he said.

In the 8.33pm incident on May 24, a train without passengers collided with another train carrying 213 passengers in the tunnel between the Kampung Baru and KLCC LRT stations.

Wee said an investigation committee, headed by Ministry of Transport (MoT) secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, was formed immediately after the incident and given 14 days from May 25 to complete the investigation and inform the Cabinet.

The investigation sought to determine the contributing factors that led to the unfortunate incident involving trains 40 and 81, and not for the purpose of apportioning blame or liability on any party, he said.

“The nine-person committee had immediately begun collecting all documents, data and other related information on the safety and technical operations, and held several meetings to review and examine that information.

“During the course of the investigation, the committee examined various aspects of operations by reviewing the standard operation procedures (SOPs), operating manual, rule book and other related guiding documents.

“Data collected from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) recordings, interviews with persons involved with the operations and technical discussions with the technology suppliers have formed the bulk of the report,” he added.

Wee said a visit was also made to the Kelana Jaya LRT Station’s operation control centre on June 1 by the investigation committee members with a collision simulation session held by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd on the same day to give further insight into the incident.