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Old October 6th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #41
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Shuttle Service Singapore - Johor Bahru To Commence October 11, 2004


KTM Berhad is pleased to announce that the shuttle service between Singapore Station at Tanjung Pagar and Johor Bahru will commence on October 11, 2004.


Two daily services will be introduced at this initial stage in order to provide alternative commuting transport between the two cities.


The services will run from Monday to Friday. The number of services will be increased later if demand increases.


Shuttle 65DN will leave Johor Bahru at 6am and is expected to arrive Singapore at 6.55am while Shuttle 68UP will leave Singapore at 7pm and will arrive in Johor Bahru at 7.55pm.


Tickets can be purchased at departing stations. Season pass is available, but advance booking does not apply for this service.


For further info please contact our Call Centre at 03-22671200.


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Date October 06, 2004
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 04:00 PM   #42
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KTM To Invest US$58 Million In New Locomotives


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- Keretapai Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTM) is investing US$58 million to acquire 20 longer, heavier and speedier locomotives from China.

The move will lower cost of operations and improved its efficiency, said KTM's general manager, Abd Radzak Abd Malek.

"The locomotives would add up to KTM's 20 newly acquired made-in-Germany GE locomotives called Blue Tigers which have similar strength and attributes," Abd Radzak said after a seminar on "Multimodalism in Southeast Asia" at the National Multimodal Transport Conference 2004 .

The additional 20 new generation locomotives which have the power to hold 20 tonnes axle load with the maximum speed of 120 km/hr will be acquired within the next two years.

"These high-tech locomotives from China and Germany have the potential to hold twice the weight of KTM's current fleet of trains with greater speed ," Abd Radzak said.

Abd Radzak said currently the new generation locomotives which required special railway track to operate had started operations within Port Klang, Johor Bahru and Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas (PTP).

"In running longer and heavier hauled trains there has been cost reduction in operations and this has helped improve the profit margin for 2004," he said.

To enhance KTM operations further, Abd Radzak emphasised that KTM would also need to look at re-engineering its trains to meet the standards of the shipping industry.

He said the virtual port concept would be one aspect that KTM needed to pay attention in its attempt to move along with the industry.

"Malaysia is studying the possibility of becoming a virtual port hub to streamline trade among the economies in the region for trade activities such as trade finance, customs documentation and others through the Virtual Reality Centre that will be made available to us through the MSC (Multimedia Super Corridor)," he said.

Abd Radzak in his seminar paper has also expressed KTM's vision and future aspiration.

"We aim to create interconnectivity and thereby a regional transport system enabling economic development in Asean countries," he said.

The Singapore Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) has been recognised as the important regional transport system in the regional trade link between both Asean countries and China.

Malaysia contribution to the SKRL is the proposed development of the double tracking from Johor Baharu to Padang Besar.

The connection between Seremban and Rawang has been completed in 1995 while the network between Rawang and Ipoh is anticipated to be completed by 2006.

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Old November 24th, 2004, 05:53 AM   #43
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I must say living near train stations isn't good. When they're changing track it gets rather noisy....
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KTMB to benefit from Asean rail link

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) expects landbridge services to rise this and in subsequent years due to the integration of the Asean rail link stretching from Singapore to Kunming in China.

“The integration of the Asean rail link will benefit freight services by rail as it is cheaper, efficient and regular. Our strategy is to develop along this area,” said KTMB chairman Tan Sri Datuk Thong Yaw Hong after a signing ceremony of a RM100 million five-year charter deal between KTMB and Freight Management (M) Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7.

Under the agreement, KTMB will provide wagons and locomotives to Freight Management to facilitate cargo shipment by rail from Port Klang to Bangkok, Thailand. Of the RM100 million, about RM65 million will accrue to KTMB for its services.

The deal is based on the containerised rail cargo service operated between Malaysia and Thailand by KTMB and the State Railway of Thailand. Freight Management is en route to a listing on the Second Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd.

Landbridge services are a major contributor to KTMB’s freight revenue. Last year, landbridge services recorded a revenue of RM33.4 million, which accounted for 39% of KTMB’s total freight revenue of RM99.2 million.

Landbridge services mean cargo containers are loaded at a port and shipped across the country by rail to a foreign land. In 2002, revenue from landbridge services rose to RM29.5 million from RM23.5 million in 2001.

The planned Asean rail ink will materialise when Cambodia begins construction of a 48km rail line from Poipet to Sisophon, which is expected to be completed by next year.

When completed, it would link Phnom Penh to the Cambodian-Thai border for the first time by rail. KTMB is currently sharing its rail expertise and technical know-how with the Cambodian government.

The Asean rail link project aims to build a railway that runs through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and thereafter to Kunming, China. The portion from Singapore to Thailand has existed for years as has the stretch from Vietnam to Kunming. The 48-km missing link would bring Cambodia closer to joining the two segments.
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Old March 5th, 2005, 08:22 PM   #47
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Train driver gets RM13,000 for unfair dismissal
Monday February 7, 2005




BY CHELSEA L.Y. NG

KUALA LUMPUR: A KTM train driver whose negligence caused a fatal collision between two locomotives in Bidor, Perak, 10 years ago, is due to receive over RM13,000 for unfair dismissal.

Industrial Court chairman Soo Ai Lin awarded the backwages and compensation in lieu of reinstatement to Sateman Pawit as she found that Keretapi Tanah Melayu had unfairly dismissed him in 1996.

She held that although four people were responsible for the accident, only Sateman and the station manager were dismissed while the two traffic controllers were merely demoted.

The accident killed the driver of the other train and the assistant driver lost a leg. “The unequal and unfair treatment meted out to the claimant renders his dismissal to be without just cause or excuse,” Soo said.

The court, however, deducted 70% from the total amount of RM46,332 because of it held Sateman responsible for the accident, bringing the amount due to him to RM13,899.60.

The 11.15pm accident on Oct 29, 1995 was between the southbound freight train (No. 419) driven by Sateman and the northbound Langkawi Express passenger train (No. 8).

The passenger train collided into the rear of the goods train and even brought down an overhead bridge at the sixth kilometre of the Jalan Bidor-Teluk Intan, resulting in extensive damage to the passenger train and the death and injury of its driver and assistant driver respectively.

The widely reported incident was said to have occurred during a heavy downpour.

After the mishap, KTM conducted a domestic inquiry and found the four men guilty of negligence or contributory negligence.

The claimant was found to be the “primary cause” for the accident in that as the driver of the stationary goods train, he did not ensure that the train stood clear of the fouling marks and free from obstructing the main line when it stopped at the Bidor station.

Sateman was not satisfied with the punishment and so he took his case to the Industrial Court.

He claimed that the station manager should have been held fully responsible because as a driver he was subject to the manager’s instructions and directions.

He said as the train could not be fully accommodated into the loop line and its rear end had exceeded the rear fouling mark of the loop, he had waited about half an hour for further instructions from the manager.

He said the manager did not give any instruction, when he could have either instructed him to have a portion of the train detached and parked on the siding line or asked him to reverse the whole train to the outer signal in the direction of Tapah Road or to simply abort the crossing and proceed to Sungkai.

The court, however, found that his explanation for not doing anything except sitting in the driver’s seat to wait for instructions was “totally unacceptable.”

“Because he had failed to inform the station manager of the protrusion into the main line, the fact remains that the rear of the train was parked beyond the rear fouling mark of the loop.

“It was his duty to ensure when the train was parked well clear of any fouling marks.

“This court finds the claimant guilty of negligence and responsible for the accident,” said the court chairman.
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Old March 12th, 2005, 03:04 PM   #48
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Increased KTM Komuter Frequency For F1 And Sale Of Special Packaged Ticket




KTM Berhad is pleased to announce that the KTM Komuter frequency will be increased to every 15 minutes beginning March 12 to 20, 2005 to accommodate heavy passenger traffic during the school holidays and especially during the Formula 1 weekend from March 18 to 20, 2005.

The increased frequency will apply for both the Rawang – Seremban and Sentul – Pelabuhan Klang routes on the dates mentioned, except for Sunday March 13, 2005.**

KTM Berhad will also introduce packaged travel tickets for Formula 1 fans who wish to avoid heavy traffic congestion at the Sepang International Circuit during the three-day event.

The packaged travel ticket comprises of return KTM Komuter tickets and return coach transfer tickets. Coach transfer tickets cost RM4 return, while rates for the KTM Komuter ticket are subject to the distance from origin station to Nilai Station.

These tickets will be on sale beginning March 8, 2005 at these stations: Rawang, Sungai Buloh, Kepong, Putra, Bank Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Sentral Kuala Lumpur, MidValley, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Serdang, Kajang, UKM, Seremban, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang.

KTM Berhad would like to advise all Formula 1 fans taking the KTM Komuter to the Sepang International Circuit to please observe all safety regulations and follow the instructions issued by officers present.

For further information, please contact our Call Centre at 03-22671200 or the nearest KTM Komuter station.
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KTM to invest in rail link in Cambodia


By IAN MCINTYRE in Perlis


KTM Bhd will invest RM40mil in a 48km rail link in Cambodia as part of its commitment to the Trans Asia Singapore-Kunming (China) railroad project.

General manager (cargo services) Abdul Radzak Abdul Malek said the national railway concessionaire had sent experts to the Cambodian provinces of Poipet and Sisiphon to conduct a fast-track study on the construction of railway lines there.

“The original rail lines are still intact but several homes have since been built on the site so additional studies are required,” he said after the official opening of an endurance bicycle race organised by the company at Kampung Kolam in Padang Besar, Perlis.

Radzak said upon the completion of the study, all equipment purchased for the double carriage tracking Rawang-Ipoh rail project, which had been postponed by the Government, would be diverted to the Cambodian site.

“KTM is ready to invest as the Cambodian Government is unable to bear the project’s costs. Therefore, we will come in,” he said.

Radzak described the link in Cambodia as “crucial and strategic'' in ensuring that the 3,000km Trans Asia rail was completed.

He said KTM was confident of the project’s success as Asean leaders had made it a priority in enhancing trade and transportation links between the region and China’s interior.

He also said KTM would be upgrading the rail link between Padang Besar (Perlis) to Butterworth (Penang) to accommodate locomotives weighing 20 tonnes.

This will facilitate cargo movement and logistics services from Padang Besar, unlike currently, where only 16-tonne locomotives are used on the tracks.

The KTM cargo and services depots in Padang Besar manage cargo worth RM24mil a year besides an average of 120,000 train passengers a month.
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Very interesting.....

Theorectically, you can travel by rail (changing trains, of course) from Scotland or even Norway to Singapore....
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^ Very tiresome too..more than 2 weeks holiday needed
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KTMB Seeks RM350 Mln To Replace, Restore Bridges Under 9MP
June 02, 2005 17:57 PM



KULAI, June 2 (Bernama) -- KTM Berhad has asked the government to sanction RM350 million under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to restore and replace old bridges and to carry out flood mitigation projects along the railway line.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the remedial work were inevitable to ensure smooth rail services and passengers' safety.

He said KTM Berhad planned to build 88 rail bridges and restore 174 existing ones during the ninth plan period from 2006 to 2010.

"I'm confident the government will approve the funds to enable the work to be carried out," he told reporters after inspecting the rail bridge at Km724.25 between Kulai and Layang-Layang, near Kluang, which collapsed on May 23 due to strong river currents.

Collapse of the bridge, built in 1909, disrupted intercity train services to the south.

The services resumed on Friday after a temporary bridge was built.

Chan said KTM Berhad would call for tender soon to replace the collapsed bridge.

The new bridge, estimated to cost RM7 million, is expected to be completed in nine months, he added.

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Rise in KTM's freight revenue seen
Updated : 10-08-2005
Media : Malay Mail
Story By : Sharen Kaur



KTM Bhd might see revenue for its freight unit grow by as much as 10 per cent for the current financial year ending Dec 31 2005, said its general manager (freight unit) Abd Radzak Abd Malek.

¡§For the current financial year, revenue may hit RM120 million. For the first seven months of the year, we have achieved about RM63 million in revenue,¡¨ Abd Radzak told Mail Money.

Last year, the freight unit of the national railway company registered a turnover of RM107.8 million, handling 4.78 million tonnes of cargo and 302,735 of 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of standard container boxes.

This year, the freight division is poised to handle 5.86 million tonnes of cargo and 368,000 containers.

Meanwhile, Abd Radzak also said that if double tracking works on the North- South railway line is fully implemented, KTM expects cargo capacity to increase five-fold.

¡§The current tracks account for only four per cent to five per cent of the country¡¦s domestic cargo movement. Upon full implementation of the double tracking project, we are projecting a rise, said Abd Radzak.

¡§Goods carried via rail should improve because the new tracks will be able to carry up to 80 tonnes gross as compared to 60 tonnes gross currently.

¡§Our engineering and logistic unit is working round- the-clock to increase the capacity of our current wagons. We are looking at the possibility of reducing the tareweight of the wagons in order to increase the pay load capacity by at least 15 per cent, he said.

KTM operates a fleet of 115 locomotives of which the majority are the Blue Tiger locomotives. Another 20 new locomotives will arrive within the next six to eight months, Mail Money was told.

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KTM Launches Fourth Intercity Travel Quiz
July 08, 2005 21:13 PM



KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 (Bernama) -- Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Berhad Friday launched another rail quiz to attract more people to use its intercity services.

The fourth quiz in the series, entitled "Padankan Tren dan Stesen Anda" (Match Your Train and Station), was launched by its Intercity Services General Manager Azman Ahmad Shaharbi, who also gave away prizes to the winner of the third quiz.

The fourth quiz, conducted over between July 4 and Aug 18, is open to all KTM intercity passengers.

All entries are required to be attached with proof of purchase of a KTM ticket of at least RM30 value.

The third series of the quiz, held between April 5 and May 25 which involved a crossword puzzle, was won by Ooi Hock Aun, 65.

He received a four-day three-night holiday package to Kota Kinabalu for four people.

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KTMB, CELCOM AND NTI LAUNCH MY INFO TRAIN















Kuala Lumpur, June 2, 2005 – KTM Berhad today, in a smart collaboration with Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and New Technology & Innovation Sdn Bhd (NTI), launched My Info Train, the first Short Messaging System (SMS) based Mobile Ticket (M-Ticket) service offered for ground transportation aimed at giving more value added services to KTM Intercity passengers.

The new service was launched by the Intercity Services General Manager En. Azman Ahmad Shaharbi, Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad Vice President Marketing, Customer Management Group En. Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, NTI Executive Director En. Shabudin Bin Md. Saman at Sentral Kuala Lumpur Station here.

The service, which is available for all Celcom, Maxis and Digi customers, allows them to reserve and cancel Intercity tickets as well as enjoy a variety of other entertainment and information-based services. They include:

Ticket booking for Intercity trains
Cancellation of booking
Fares & timetable
Ticket delivery

"Not only is this service convenient, it also provides commuters hours of fun. Traveling will no longer be a dull experience. With My Info Train, travelers can fill the hours playing Java games, chatting and even find out the latest news," said En. Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin.

"We would like to invite more companies to collaborate with us and utilise KTM Berhad as a profitable platform for customers’ loyalty programmes such as this," said En. Azman Ahmad Shaharbi.

"This timely collaboration is a manifestation of our efforts to continuously offer value added services to passengers and subscribers. My Info Train is a programme that will enhance the passengers’ traveling experience and make them happy by providing them a companion throughout their long hours journey to reach their respective destinations," En. Zalman Aefendy added.









"My Info Train interactive mobile services are the first of their kind in the ground-transport industry in Malaysia. We planned it initially just as a way for our customers to occupy their idle traveling time, but soon realized the actual potential for such services, if we evolved them in a full blown interactive mobile portal, " En. Azman added.

"This is a very exciting time to be in the business of mobile services as their popularity is growing by the day with consumers becoming more aware of the endless applications for mobile phones, beyond just voice calls and peer-to-peer SMS sending", said En. Shabuddin Md. Saman

En. Shabudin further said that planning is underway for these services to be m-Commerce enabled in the future to allow passengers to make the payment via SMS", added En Shabudin.

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First Class Lounge for KTM Intercity Passengers












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KTM Intercity passengers travelling on First Class can now rest and refresh themselves in the brand new First Class Lounge introduced at Sentral Kuala Lumpur and Singapore Stations.

Passengers can enter the Lounge ONE HOUR before time of departure and must vacate the Lounge NOT LATER than 15 minutes before time of departure.



First Class Lounge - (Sentral Kuala Lumpur)

You are hereby invited to rest at our First Class Lounge while awaiting for departure of the train at 3rd Floor, Sentral Kuala Lumpur Station (beside the Food Court)

Attention:

1) Passengers are allowed to enter the First Class Lounge, 1 hour before departure.

2) All passengers are required to vacate the First Class Lounge not later than 15 minutes before departure of the train.









Tuan/Puan adalah dijemput untuk beristirehat sementara menunggu tren berlepas di Bilik Rehat Kelas 1 kami, di Aras 3, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur (bersebelahan Medan Selera)


First Class Lounge (Singapore)

You are hereby invited to rest at our First Class Lounge while awaiting for departure of the train at Main Lobby, Tg. Pagar Station (beside Station Master's Office)

Attention:

1) Passengers are allowed to enter the First Class Lounge, 1 hour before departure.

2) All passengers are required to vacate the First Class Lounge not later than 15 minutes before departure of the train.









Tuan/Puan adalah dijemput untuk beristirehat sementara menunggu tren berlepas di Bilik Rehat Kelas 1 kami, di Lobi Utama, Stesen Tg. Pagar (bersebelahan Pejabat Ketua Stesen)

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KTM to get more powerful trains
Updated : 01-08-2005
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KTM Bhd, the national railway company, plans to acquire more high-powered locomotives in the near future to reduce the number of trains leased from foreign firms such as Indian Railway Construction Corp, Government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said yesterday.

KTM operates a fleet of 115 locomotives, with at least 30 locomotives, on short term lease basis from the Indian railway company.

Mail Money was told each locomotive has a two to three year lease term and can be extended upon maturity, depending on the national railway companyกฆs requirements.

"The number of leased trains will decrease gradually as and when new locomotives are purchased," said the official. "It could take five years or more."

Last year, KTM took hold of 20 high-powered Blue Tiger diesel-electric locomotives, which it bought for RM245 million from General Electric International (GE).

Another 20 high-powered locomotives, which were acquired for RM245 million from China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) are scheduled to arrive in batches by year end.

"The locomotives are compatible with the existing tracks and not just meant for the Rawang-Ipoh double track," said the official.

"The 20 locomotives from GE are already carrying cargo from Penang to Johor Baru daily. The locomotives from CREC will also be used for the same purpose."

The Blue Tiger locomotives with additional capacity and more powerful traction is able to pull 80 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) as opposed to only 40 TEUs with the existing locomotives.

The official said more locomotives will run frequently when the Rawang-Ipoh double tracking project is completed by the end of 2007.

The existing track only has 16 slots for Blue Tiger trains to run, pulling 2,300 tonnes trailing capacity daily, while the new tracks will have a capacity of 100 over slots for all locomotives to run on the section, with each train pulling an average of 60 TEUs to 80 TEUS.
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Rise in KTM's freight revenue seen
Updated : 10-08-2005
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KTM Bhd might see revenue for its freight unit grow by as much as 10 per cent for the current financial year ending Dec 31 2005, said its general manager (freight unit) Abd Radzak Abd Malek.

For the current financial year, revenue may hit RM120 million. For the first seven months of the year, we have achieved about RM63 million in revenue,Abd Radzak told Mail Money.

Last year, the freight unit of the national railway company registered a turnover of RM107.8 million, handling 4.78 million tonnes of cargo and 302,735 of 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of standard container boxes.

This year, the freight division is poised to handle 5.86 million tonnes of cargo and 368,000 containers.

Meanwhile, Abd Radzak also said that if double tracking works on the North- South railway line is fully implemented, KTM expects cargo capacity to increase five-fold.

The current tracks account for only four per cent to five per cent of the country¡¦s domestic cargo movement. Upon full implementation of the double tracking project, we are projecting a rise, said Abd Radzak.

Goods carried via rail should improve because the new tracks will be able to carry up to 80 tonnes gross as compared to 60 tonnes gross currently.

Our engineering and logistic unit is working round- the-clock to increase the capacity of our current wagons. We are looking at the possibility of reducing the tareweight of the wagons in order to increase the pay load capacity by at least 15 per cent, he said.

KTM operates a fleet of 115 locomotives of which the majority are the Blue Tiger locomotives. Another 20 new locomotives will arrive within the next six to eight months, Mail Money was told.
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i really wonder when will there be a high speed train from Melaka to KL,Singapore or Penang!
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KTM plans three new freight terminals
Updated : 16-08-2005
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KTM Bhdกฆs freight unit plans to submit a proposal to the management of the national railway company to approve a plan to build as many as three new terminals for as much as RM400 million, people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

Mail Money was told that the cost of constructing a terminal would be in range of between RM100 million and RM150 million.

The freight unit will propose that either Government-owned KTM finance the construction of the terminals using its own funds, or enter into joint ventures with private parties to help build and manage the terminals.

It is firmly believed that the freight unit is pushing for the setting up of new terminals to increase its share of transporting cement within the country.

Company executives who didnกฆt want to be named said that KTM controls about 50 per cent of the market, but it is unable to increase itกฆs market share because its running at full steam.

It is firmly believed that the freight unit is proposing to have the new terminals near areas which have a heavy presence on cement factories.

The freight unit is likely to propose that the new terminals be set up in Kempas, Johor, as well as in Krai and Mentakab in Pahang.

Currently KTM, the national railway company, has 11 terminals which handle the transportation of cement.

The 11 terminals are located in Padang Besar, Prai, Butterworth, Ipoh, Nilai Land Port, Segamat, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor Port, Singapore Tanjung Pagar, Westport and Northport.
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