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Where art thou LRT extensions?

As a citizen of the Klang Valley, I would like to know the progress of the Kota Damansara-Cheras MRT line, Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT extensions. It is already mid 2009 and once again, Klang Valley folks should expect the worst from this government of ours- never-ending delays and mismanagement.

Is the government taking us for a ride? It has promised that the lines will be ready latest by 2012, but that timeline doesn't look promising since construction has yet to start on all of these lines.

In the first place, which Malaysian company has the expertise to build and maintain an efficient and reliable rail transportation system for the Klang Valley? Based on past experience, there is none.

The Kelana Jaya and Ampang Lines, which were built more than a decade ago, have not served their purpose well and have caused much inconvenience to the public at large due to poor route alignments, poor physical integration between interchanging stations and never-ending technical failures.

What can we expect from these proposed lines and line Extensions? Will we have another Abdullah Hukum Station which has limited users? Or, another Masjid Jamek station, where users will have a hard time interchanging between the rail lines?

Careful consideration should be given when building the new stations, taking into account the hot and humid weather that Klang Valley users have to endure. The stations should be air-conditioned and walkway exits should be long and extensive enough to ensure broad connectivity within each single station.

Apart from building new lines, the government should seriously consider realigning the Abdullah Hukum Station to Mid Valley, and integrate the Masjid Jamek station so that both the Ampang and Kelana Jaya line are properly integrated for interchanging between

the rail lines.

The government should appoint Hong Kong's MTR Corporation or Singapore's MRT Corporation as the operator for the Klang Valley rail transportation. These corporations provide an efficient, fast and reliable rail transportation for its people and are well-known for

completing projects ahead of schedule. In this regards, we have no confidence and trust in Malaysian corporations.

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