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Old August 18th, 2005, 03:15 PM   #61
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Road Builder eyes Sabah rail rehab job
Updated : 18-08-2005
Media : Malay Mail
Story By : Sharen Kaur




ROAD Builder (M) Holdings Bhd, the countryกฆs fourth largest construction company, is believed to be eyeing a stake in Sabahกฆs RM324 million railway rehabilitation project, people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

Mail Money was told that Road Builder is considering two options on how to pursue its intention.

The first option is to buy a stake in the project, while the second option is to buy a stake in Hikmat Asia Sdn Bhd.

Hikmat Asia, a privately held company controlled by Tan Sri Ahmad Kamil M. Jaafar, has a 60 per cent stake in the consortium which has the letter of award for the job.

The remaining 40 per cent in the project is held by Suria Capital Holdings Bhd, a public listed company majority controlled by the Sabah State Government.

As part of the deal, Road Builder, which in February said that itกฆs developing a pellet plant with Australiaกฆs Grange Resources Ltd in Terengganu, will provide financial support as well as infrastructure technology for the project.

Meanwhile, Mail Money also understands that the Government has dispersed between RM10 million and RM20 million to help kick start the job.

The job proper however, hasnกฆt taken place because the sub contractor list and the subcontracting cost hasnกฆt been finalised.

The rail project mooted by the Federal Government's unit, the Sabah State Railway Services Department (SSR), involves the upgrading of existing rail that is in deteriorating condition, and decreasing the travelling time from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.

KTM Bhd, the national railway company, is expected to be asked to act as lead manager for the project.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 08:07 AM   #62
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500 new wagons for KTM freight unit
Updated : 19-08-2005
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KTM Bhd freight unit has made a proposal to the national railway companyกฆs management to purchase as many as 500 new wagons, said the unitกฆs general manager Abd Radzak Abd Malek.

We require more wagons as demand for our freight services are growing,กจ said Abd Radzak in an interview with Mail Money. I can't say how much it will cost, but the 4,500 wagons that we have now are not sufficient.กจ

Industry players estimate that it might cost the national railway company as much as RM100 million to purchase the wagons.

Abd Radzak said that he made the proposal because the freight unit is only handling about 50 per cent of the business, due to a lack of capacity.

We just donกฆt have the volume to expand. The business is there for the taking, he said.

Abd Radzak also said that the landbridge services, which accounts for as much as 40 per cent of KTMกฆs freight revenue, should perform better this year.

There are currently 30 weekly landbridge services between Malaysia and Thailand. We are exploring the possibility of increasing the frequency next year, he said.

For the current financial year ending Dec 31, 2005, KTM freight division has set a target to achieve revenue of RM120 million.

On an annualised basis, for the first seven months of 2005, KTM freight unit achieved a turnover of RM63 million.

For the 12 months of 2004, the freight division posted a turnover of RM107.8 million.

The expected rise in revenue is backed by an optimism that the freight division will handle 5.86 million tonnes of cargo this year, up 22.6 per cent from last yearก 4.78 million tonnes, while container throughput is forecast to increase to 368,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) from 302,735 TEUs before.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 09:44 PM   #63
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KTMB Expects To Handle 10,000 TEUs Monthly In 2006
Updated : 01-07-2005
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Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) expects the handling of container transportation between Padang Besar and Pulau Pinang port to increase to 10,000 TEUs (20 ft equivalent units) monthly from next year compared with 8,000 TEUs handled monthly this year.

The general manager of KTMB's Strategic Business Unit for Goods Transportation, Abd Radzak Abd Malek, said that the projection was based on the annual growth of six to seven percent in the use of the rail services for the transportation of goods.

He said the commercial sector's confidence in the safety and convenience of the services had resulted in a growing preference for the rail transportation services.

"We are capable of providing the best and would continue to upgrade our capacities," Abd Radzak told reporters during a ceremony here Friday to declare the Arau railway station here as the "foster child" of the KTMB Officers Association here.

He said that among the measures taken to increase operational efficiency would be to increase its locomotive capacity.

Currently, each locomotive is capable of taking on 1,200 metric tonnes and this would be increased by adding on more frequencies in the transportation schedule, he said.

Abd Radzak said that KTMB would be also expanding its tracks in four stations located between Padang Besar and Pulau Pinang port to facilitate the transportation of more goods.

The stations are namely Penanti (Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang), Sungai Petani and Jenun (Kedah) and Bukit Ketri (Perlis).
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 09:46 PM   #64
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Chinese firm on track for Sabah rail job
Updated : 29-06-2005
Media : Malay Mail
Story By : FRANCIS FERNANDEZ




SURIA Capital Bhd, a unit partly controlled by the Sabah State Government, plans to appoint China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) as lead subcontractor for a RM324 million railway rehabilitation job in Sabah, people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

CREC, a unit controlled by the Chinese Government, alongside Leighton Holdings Ltd, Australia's largest construction and engineering company, had submitted rival proposals in December to Suria Capital.

The presentations included quotations for rail equipment as well as for track works. The proposed job on offer is the rehabilitation of the ageing rail network linking Tanjung Aru and Tenom.

Suria Capital has a 40 per cent stake in Hikmat Bumimaju Sdn Bhd, the company which was awarded the contract by the Government. The balance 60 per cent is owned by Hikmat Asia Sdn Bhd, a privately held company controlled by Tan Sri Datuk Ahmad Kamil M. Jaafar.

Mail Money was told that Hikmat may likely rope in Road Builder (M) Holdings Bhd as the main subcontractor for its 60 per cent portion of the project.

The RM324 million rail project mooted by the Federal Government's unit, the Sabah State Railway Services Department (SSR), involves the upgrading of existing rail that is in deteriorating condition.

The plan is also to decrease the travelling time from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.

KTM Bhd, the national railway company, is expected to be asked to as to act as lead manager for the job because federal funding is involved.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 07:16 AM   #65
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KTMB On Track To Reviving Glory Days
Updated : 09-09-2005
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Going by the recent annual increase in passenger load, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is on track towards reviving the glory days of rail travel of the 50s and 60s.

KTMB General Manager of Intercity Services Azman Ahmad Shaharbi said the annual passenger load rose from 3.4 million in 2003 to 3.7 million last year and was expected to reach 3.9 million this year.

One factor for the rise in the number of passengers was the safe and comfortable services that KTMB was able to provide, he said, pointing out that its services had been free of fatal accidents for the last 13 years.

He admitted that there had been derailment of trains now and then but the last fatal accident was in Kuang, Selangor, in 1992 in which one passenger was killed.

Azman said KTMB services had moved up to 10 million passengers annually during its glory days when it served as the main means of land transportation in the country.

But the number of passengers saw a decline in the 70s and 80s following the construction of better and modern highways and airports, he added.

Azman said KTMB got "a new lease on life" in 1995 when it was allocated RM2 billion by the government to develop electrified double tracks and launch its commuter service in the Klang Valley.

The current extension of the double tracks from Rawang, Selangor, to Ipoh, Perak, at a cost of RM4 billion also augured well for KTMB's services, he said. The project is expected to be completed in 2008.

Azman also said that the government was considering extending the double tracks further to the north and south of the country to provide more efficient and comfortable services to passengers.

"We (KTMB) hope the government will consider this project soon, perhaps in 2010 or 2015, under the 10th or 11th development plans," he added.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #66
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i really hope KTM will refurbish or get new trains soon!They are a little run down though And i realise it moves really slow when it gets to Rawang area.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 12:41 AM   #67
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KTMB plans railway line linking Kuching and KK
Updated : 25-09-2005
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KOTA KINABALU: A railway line linking Kuching and Kota Kinabalu is among the long-term plans proposed by Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) for the establishment of a trans-Borneo railway service.

KTMB managing director Datuk Mohd Salleh Abdullah said it was also proposing that the sole railway line in Borneo from Tanjung Aru in the city to Tenom in the interior be extended to Lahad Datu and Tawau.

¡§We have submitted an initial proposal of these plans to the Government,¡¨ he said after the opening of the 26th annual KTMB-State Railway of Thailand senior officials meeting here.

He said KTMB, which was working with the Sabah Railway Department, had also come up with various short-term proposals to improve the 134km railway service from the city to Tenom.

Mohd Salleh said the company had so far spent RM10.6mil for a study on the upgrading of the rail line, particularly the safety aspects of the services.

About RM330mil would be spent upgrading the rail tracks as well as for spare parts and trolleys.

Mohd Salleh said the Sabah Government was seeking a loan or grant of RM58mil from the Federal Government to buy locomotives and carriages, apart from building new workshops.

He said the new trains that the state railway department was likely to acquire would reduce travelling time from the city to Tenom from five hours to just two hours and 45 minutes.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #69
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i really hope KTM will refurbish or get new trains soon!They are a little run down though And i realise it moves really slow when it gets to Rawang area.
Taking KTM really gets on my nerves. It's so slow compared to LRT! They should refurbish those trains!
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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:37 AM   #70
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It is not the trains which is slow but the tracks which is the problem. KTM Komuter and Interecity as well as freight trains shares the same track so sometimes because of traffic.....the trains had to be slowed down to enable a buffer zone between the moving/non-moving trains.

LRTs on the other hand are operating on a dedicated rail system therefore there's no hindrance
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Old September 26th, 2005, 11:29 AM   #71
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Sze, how long does it take to reach JB and KL from Singapore?
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Old September 26th, 2005, 12:27 PM   #72
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Sze, how long does it take to reach JB and KL from Singapore?
Well......my experience is that the train leaves at 10pm from either JB or Singapore and reaches at around 6am at its destination. Plus minus half an hour for JB

The train travels leisurely in the night (I've not taken day train before) ....and they stop at all the small-small stops along the way
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Old September 28th, 2005, 12:34 AM   #74
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It is not the trains which is slow but the tracks which is the problem. KTM Komuter and Interecity as well as freight trains shares the same track so sometimes because of traffic.....the trains had to be slowed down to enable a buffer zone between the moving/non-moving trains.

LRTs on the other hand are operating on a dedicated rail system therefore there's no hindrance
Oh...thanks for the info sze hoong. But could there be any solution to upgrade those tracks?
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Old September 30th, 2005, 09:21 AM   #76
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Most stretches of KTM railway are single tracks?
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Old October 1st, 2005, 07:22 PM   #77
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my god.no wonder the train runs sooooooo slow.Man!the governmet should invest and implement at least trains like the ERL!Imagine going to KL from Singapore within 2-3 hours
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Most stretches of KTM railway are single tracks?

Unfortunately yes.........most of the railway systems in this world runs on a single track. It is VERY VERY EXPENSIVE to have a double tracking system for intercity connections. Currently only the Rawang till Seremban stretch are double-tracked with the Ipoh to Rawang stretch completing soon.
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my god.no wonder the train runs sooooooo slow.Man!the governmet should invest and implement at least trains like the ERL!Imagine going to KL from Singapore within 2-3 hours

That is what they are trying to do with the double-tracking project. Unfortunately, during the change in our country's administration, this project had been put on hold Currently they are doing the Ipoh - Rawang stretch. They have plan to construct the Ipoh - Padang Besar stretch in the next phase while Singapore - Seremban stretch would probably be the last to finish
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There are certain political implications for double tracking the tracks. For example, it will decrase the profit of PLUS and express bus companies as electrified express trains will always be faster than buses. I think they should focus on double tracking the whole stretch first adn worry about electricfying it later as diesel trains can reach speeds of 150 anyway. Furthermore, the cost of electricfying the wholes stretch is just too expensive and not many countries have electrified tracks on their intersate railways anyway with the exception of Europe , Japan and maybe Korea and Taiwan.
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