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Old March 14th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #361
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Rail project on track, says Gamuda-MMC
By Rupinder SinghPublished: 2009/03/13

MMC Corp Bhd (2194) and Gamuda Bhd say they can sort out land purchase issues and complete the RM12.5 billion electrified double-track rail project on time

Work to lay parallel lines connecting Ipoh in Perak to Padang Besar in Perlis is more than a fifth complete.

However, late last year Gamuda group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said there were substantial delays in Penang partly due to squatters who were still occupying land reserved for the railway.

"So far, we are on track. We expect the project to be completed by January 7 2013. We are confident that all these can be resolved," executive director Azmi Mat Nor told reporters at a briefing in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

The equal partnership between Gamuda and MMC was awarded the contract in December 2007.
The 329km electrified double-track line will cut across Seberang Prai, Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis. It will also link up with the Rawang line.

Azmi said the project's cost in still within budget and the main contractor has bought RM3 billion worth of materials so far.

Based on estimates, the project will generate RM15 billion worth of downstream economic activities over five years.

The project has created new jobs, benefiting local sub-contractors as well as local material suppliers.

A total of 7,000 workers are involved in the project with another 6,000 expected to be hired over the next six months.

Currently, 90 per cent of the workers are locals with wages and benefits of more than RM2 billion, he said.

About 21.4 per cent of the project, worth RM2.8 billion, has been completed in just over 15 months.

So far, a total of 400 or 92 per cent of contracts have been awarded to as many as 40 sub-contractors. Another 100 sub-contracts worth RM2 billion will be handed out in stages until the end of the first quarter of 2010, Azmi said.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #362
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Six thousand jobs planned
Friday March 13, 2009
By IZWAN IDRIS

MMC-Gamuda to give out 100 sub-contracts worth RM2b for double-tracking project

PETALING JAYA: MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd plans to employ 6,000 more new workers and give out the remaining 100 sub-contracts worth RM2bil this year as works on the 329 km electrified double-tracking railway project connecting Ipoh and Padang Besar hit full throttle.

“We are on track to complete the whole project on time and on budget,’’ company director Datuk Azmi Mat Nor told reporters at a briefing yesterday.

Gamuda had, in December last year, said the project might be delayed due to a land acquisition snag in Penang.

The rail line will snake through four states – Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

“Of course there will be issues arising from a project of this scale, but everything is manageable,” Azmi said, adding that the four states were giving their full cooperation in all areas involving the construction of the double-tracking railway project.

The MMC-Gamuda joint venture was given the go-ahead by the Government to proceed at a cost of RM12.485bil, after it was previously shelved. Works began on Jan 8, 2008 and the project is targeted for completion by Jan 7, 2013.

Azmi said work progress had reached 21.33% to date, with costs reaching some RM2.9bil.

“Over the past 14 months, the project has created a huge multiplier effect in the local economy in terms of employment and other business activities in the four states,’’ he said.

The project currently provided direct employment for 7,000 people, of whom 90% were locals, Azmi said, adding that at the peak of construction activity, MMC-Gamuda expected to employ 13,000 people in various fields of work.

So far, 400 sub-contracts related to the project had been awarded, which had benefited more than 1,600 contractors, he said.

The economic spinoff from the whole project is estimated at RM15bil across four states, according to Azmi.

In terms of raw materials, the project has used some RM3bil of concrete products, quarry materials, steel as well as various machinery.

The management indicated that raw material prices had stabilised in the past few months, which would help the joint venture contain project costs.

Azmi said the project, when completed, would be a major enhancement to the country’s transport infrastructure.

At present, the use of trains as a mode of transport in Malaysia stands at a low 3%, compared with 30% in developed countries. Road transportation is the most preferred method in Malaysia, with an 89% market share.
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MMC-Gamuda hires Balfour for project
Published: 2009/03/14

MMC-GAMUDA Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, contractor for the double-tracking project between Ipoh and Padang Besar, formalised a deal hiring Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV Sdn Bhd (BBA JV) for part of the RM12.5 billion project.

BBA JV, which won the systems works in an open international tender, will be responsible for the electrification, signalling and control, and communications for the entire 329km alignment of the project.

In a statement, MMC-Gamuda JV said electrification works will be done by Balfour Beatty Rail Sdn Bhd,
the local unit of the worldwide rail electrification business division of Balfour Beatty Group Ltd.

Its JV partner is Ansaldo STS Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ansaldo STS Australia Pty Ltd, a signal- ling and control contractor in railway.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #364
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Set Tren Elektrik hujung tahun ini

KUALA LUMPUR 26 Mac - Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) dijangka memulakan perkhidmatan Set Tren Elektrik (ETS) pada penghujung tahun ini.

Pengarah Urusan KTMB, Abd. Radzak Abd. Malek memberitahu, satu set tren ETS yang pertama akan tiba selewatnya penghujung tahun ini.

"Kawasan perkhidmatan bagi set tren ETS pertama adalah ke Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur.

"Set keseluruhan tren ETS iaitu sebanyak 13 set dijangka akan tiba pada Mac tahun hadapan,'' katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan sambutan Hari Polis peringkat KTMB di sini semalam.

Selain itu, Abd. Radzak berkata, tren ETS yang bakal dilancarkan itu akan menyediakan perkhidmatan wi-fi bagi kemudahan penumpang.

"Kami juga merancang mengadakan perjalanan tren ETS dari Kuala Lumpur ke Seremban apabila keseluruhan set tren ETS tiba,'' katanya.

Tambahnya, tren ETS merupakan alternatif lain bagi penumpang yang sering berulang alik ke Kuala Lumpur dan ia juga menjimatkan masa.
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KTMB, expects to start the "Electric Train Set" (ETS) service by the end of this year...

According to KTMB Managing Director, the first set of the "ETS" will arrive at the latest, by the end of this year...

The first "ETS" set will serve the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route...

According to the managing director, the whole "ETS" train fleet, consist of about 13 train sets, which is expected to arrive in March next year...

The soon-to-be launched "ETS" set will provide on-board wireless internet for the convenience of the passengers...

He also said that they are planning to run the electric train from Kuala Lumpur to Seremban when the whole fleet of "ETS" trains, arrive...
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Was this the Rotem 140kph EMU? Nice...
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Old March 28th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #366
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Yes, this is the Hyundai Rotem EMU with Mitsubishi Electric components, top speed for the service will be 140 km/h...
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 01:45 PM   #367
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Electrified Double Track Project – Ipoh to Padang Besar Larut Tunnel Breakthrough
Date: 11 March 2009
Venue: Air Kuning, Taiping, Perak



Dato’ Lin Yun Ling, Gamuda Group Managing Director accompanying YB Dato’
Sri Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport after the tunnel “Walk-in”, behind
them (right) are En Hasni Harun, CEO Malaysia MMC Corporation Berhad
and Dato’ Ir Ha Tiing Tai, Gamuda Executive Director


Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) achieves milestone with Larut tunnel breakthrough

Works on the Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) from Ipoh to Padang Besar reached a milestone today when the engineering and construction team of MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture (MGJV) successfully punched through the final segment of the Larut tunnel, in Taiping, Perak.

The tunnel breakthrough signified MGJV’s successful tunnelling method of “drill and control blasting” which began in the middle of 2008.

Measuring 342 metres in length, the single Larut tunnel, has a “horse-shoe” diameter shape which is 13-metre in width and 10-metre in height.

During construction, a combined method of 24-hour drilling was made possible by a “drilling jumbo” or high speed drills (for drilling simultaneous holes at one time), and controlled blasting was required during specific day light and weather conditions.

Present at the site in Air Kuning, Taiping, to witness this significant milestone were YB Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport, Dato’ Hj Zakaria Bin Hj Bahari, Chief Secretary of Ministry of Transport, En Abd Razak Abd Malek, Managing Director of KTMB, Dato’ Lin Yun Ling, Gamuda Group Managing Director, Dato’ Wira Syed Abdul Jaabar Bin Syed Hassan, Chairman of MMC Corporation Berhad, along with the Government’s project consultants, officials from the Ministry of Transport and KTMB, Board of Directors from MMC Corporation Berhad and Gamuda Berhad, local village heads, and other government officials.
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Signing of Systems Works Contract Agreement with Balfour Beatty-Ansaldo Systems Joint Venture
Date: 13 March 200
Venue: Petaling Jaya

MMC-Gamuda formalises Contract Agreement for the Systems Works with Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV

MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, the Contractor for the Electrified Double Track Project (EDTP) between Ipoh and Padang Besar today announced that the Contract Agreement for the Systems Works has been formalised with Balfour Beatty Ansaldo Systems JV Sdn Bhd (BBA JV).

Won through an open international tender, BBA JV emerged with the most relevant track records in design, construction, completion, testing and commissioning of the Systems Works for railway and mass rapid transportation systems.

The two companies fulfilled the selection criteria that were based on technical compatibility with the existing KTM Berhad’s rail system, commercially competitive tender pricing, both having incorporated companies in Malaysia and guaranteed by their respective parent companies i.e. Balfour Beatty Group Ltd and Ansaldo STS Australia Pty Ltd and having a track record in similar projects locally and internationally.
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Here in the Philippines we have the Northrail project i see it's look like to this project since it's use narrow gauage rail. and also another progrees for Malaysia.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 06:06 PM   #370
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can you take train from singapore to kuala lumpur? how long does it take and how much does it cost?

also can u go from KL to Bangkok!
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can you take train from singapore to kuala lumpur? how long does it take and how much does it cost?

also can u go from KL to Bangkok!
yes you can board train in Singapore (Tanjong Pagar Station). i think the ticket price for 1st class seat is SGD68. it's better if you can check their official website for more information about train schedule, ticketing, route etc.

http://www.ktmb.com.my/

for train from SIN-KL i think it's more than 6 hours and you have to clear immigration for both countries in border.

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At the moment the bus is cheaper and faster.

It only takes a few hours because the drivers go crazy fast and are on drugs.
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yes you can board train in Singapore (Tanjong Pagar Station). i think the ticket price for 1st class seat is SGD68. it's better if you can check their official website for more information about train schedule, ticketing, route etc.

http://www.ktmb.com.my/

for train from SIN-KL i think it's more than 6 hours and you have to clear immigration for both countries in border.
thanks hafidz!
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Jika pada awal tahun 1980-an perkhidmatan kereta api dianggap antara pengangkutan darat terpantas di negara ini. Namun kini ia adalah antara sistem pengangkutan paling perlahan berikutan pengenalan lebuh raya yang dapat memendekkan tempoh perjalanan.

Kereta api yang pernah menjadi nadi pengangkutan untuk barangan dan penumpang, kini semakin malap sinarnya apabila barangan diangkut oleh lori manakala pergerakan manusia pula dikuasai oleh sistem pengangkutan darat lain seperti kereta dan bas.

Malah landasan kereta api yang dibuka pada 1885 bagi menghubungkan Taiping ke Port Weld (kini dikenali Kuala Sepetang) juga telah ditutup berikutan keadaan jalan raya yang lebih baik selain penutupan lombong-lombong bijih timah di Taiping.

Seperti mana landasan pertama Taiping-Port Weld yang mula hilang sinar selepas rangkaian jalan raya ditambah baik, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd. (KTMB) turut mengalami nasib yang sama apabila penumpangnya mula beralih kepada perkhidmatan bas yang lebih efisien.

Walaupun mempunyai pelanggan tersendiri, seperti pelancong, namun ia tidak mencukupi dan ini terbukti apabila pengendali perkhidmatan kereta api itu terus dibelenggu dengan kerugian sejak 13 tahun lalu.

KTMB mencatatkan kerugian sebelum cukai sebanyak RM116 juta bagi tahun kewangan berakhir 31 Disember 2007 berikutan perkhidmatan yang kurang efisien.

Bagaimanapun, segala-galanya akan mula berubah pada akhir tahun ini apabila pengendali kereta api itu memperkenalkan perkhidmatan kereta api elektrik berkelajuan 140 kilometer sejam antara Kuala Lumpur dan Ipoh.

Kini perkhidmatan antara bandar menggunakan lokomotif diesel dengan kelajuan antara 90 hingga 100 kilometer sejam dan perkhidmatan ini akan dikekalkan bagi memberi pilihan kepada penumpangnya.

Menerusi pengenalan perkhidmatan baru itu, tempoh perjalanan untuk sektor tersebut akan mengambil masa selama 2 jam 15 minit berbanding memandu kereta yang memerlukan kira-kira dua jam, sekiranya tidak mengharungi kesesakan lalu lintas.

Perlu diingat, dalam dunia serba moden, segalanya harus dilakukan dengan pantas dan perkhidmatan kereta api elektrik antara bandar itu sedikit sebanyak telah mengembalikan kelebihan yang dimiliki oleh KTMB suatu ketika dahulu.

Sehubungan itu, KTMB akan berada sebaris dengan perkhidmatan bas, yang dianggap sebagai perkhidmatan pilihan ketika ini. Apa yang perlu dilakukan oleh KTMB sekarang ialah memperkenalkan produk yang inovatif serta menawarkan perkhidmatan pada harga yang kompetitif dalam usaha memastikan perkhidmatannya terus relevan.

Namun segala usaha untuk mengembalikan kegemilangan perkhidmatan kereta api negara tidak bermakna sekiranya syarikat itu terus mencatatkan kerugian.

Menyedari bahawa 13 tahun bukannya satu tempoh yang singkat, Pengarah Urusan KTMB, Abd. Radzak Abd. Malek meletakkan sasaran pengendali kereta api itu mencatat keuntungan sebanyak RM1 pada tahun ini.

"Sebenarnya sasaran keuntungan RM1 hanya simbolik. Kita hendak jadikan syarikat yang mencatatkan keuntungan daripada kerugian yang dialami selama 13 tahun. Secara purata setiap tahun kita mengalami kerugian sebanyak RM00 juta.

"Sudah sampai masanya kita meningkatkan hasil setelah kerajaan melabur dengan banyaknya dalam syarikat ini," katanya.

Walaupun angka itu dilihat kecil namun ia memberi makna dan kesan yang besar sekiranya cabaran itu dapat ditunaikan.

Malah ia dilihat sebagai pembuka jalan kepada KTMB untuk terus maju ke hadapan dan berdikari pada masa depan, tanpa mengharapkan bantuan daripada kerajaan.

Menyedari sasaran yang dikemukakan oleh beliau masih tidak mencukupi, KTMB merancang untuk melancarkan pelan transformasi yang antara lain akan menjelaskan hala tuju pengendali perkhidmatan kereta api itu untuk tempoh empat tahun.

Pelan tersebut mengandungi tiga teras utama yang akan dilaksanakan dalam tiga fasa mulai tahun 2009 hingga 2012.

Fasa pertama bagi tempoh sepanjang tahun ini ditumpukan kepada perniagaan yang menguntungkan.

Fasa kedua pelan selama dua tahun pula akan melibatkan penjenamaan semula dan memperkasa modal insan, operasi dan penyelenggaraan.

Fasa ketiga akan menyaksikan penerapan nilai murni dalam organisasi dan meraih sokongan pemegang saham yang berkepentingan pada sepanjang tahun 2012.

Seperti Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS), masalah KTMB tidak banyak bezanya.

Kedua-dua syarikat pengangkutan negara mengalami kerugian akibat operasi dan perkhidmatan yang tidak efisien selain penetapan harga produk atau perkhidmatan yang tidak tepat.

Kini apa yang membezakan MAS dengan KTMB ialah syarikat penerbangan kebangsaan itu telah pulih setelah melancarkan pelan pemulihan perniagaannya beberapa tahun lalu yang lengkap dengan hala tuju dan sasaran keuntungan.

Sejurus selepas pelancaran pelan pemulihan perniagaan, MAS mengambil inisiatif dengan meningkatkan produktiviti pekerja selain mengurangkan kos operasi yang terus dilakukan sehingga hari ini dan langkah sama dijangka dilakukan oleh pengendali kereta api itu dalam usaha mencapai sasaran RM1 pada tahun ini.

Abd. Radzak sebenarnya menghadapi masalah yang sama dengan Pengarah Urusan MAS, Datuk Seri Idris Jala di awal pembabitannya dengan syarikat penerbangan kebangsaan itu.

Seperti Idris, Abd. Radzak juga mengambil satu risiko sekiranya beliau memperkenalkan pelan transformasi kepada umum.

Namun cara itu adalah lebih baik daripada melakukan secara senyap yang boleh menyebabkan umum tertanya-tanya tentang hala tuju syarikat milik kerajaan yang telah mengalami kerugian sejak sekian lama.

Persoalannya mampukah Abd. Radzak memulihkan KTMB?

Jika MAS boleh keluar daripada masalah kewangan dan terus bersaing dalam industri yang diceburinya, mengapa tidak KTMB.


My translation :

- In the early 1980's, the train service was assumed as one of the fastest land transport in the country. However, it became one of the slowest transport system due to the construction of expressways which cut the journey time...

- Train which have been the prime transport for passengers and freights, now facing a darker future when its function being replaced by lorries for freight and for passengers, by bus and cars

- Adding to that, the railway line between Taiping to Port Weld (now known as Kuala Sepetang) which opened in 1885, have been closed due to the improvement on roads around the area and the closure on tin mines...

- KTMB also facing a darker future when its passengers preferred the more efficient bus service...

- Although KTMB has its own clientele like tourists, it is not sufficient and this has been proved when KTMB keep recording losses since 13 years ago..

- KTMB recorded pre-tax loss of about RM 116 million for the financial year ended on 31st December 2007 due to its less efficient service...

- However, all that will be changed by the end of this year, when KTMB will introduce electric train service, at speed of 140 km/h between Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh

- The current intercity trains hauled by diesel locomotives, with speeds between 90 to 100 km/h will be retained as an alternative choice for its passengers...

- With the introduction of the new service, travel time for the KL-Ipoh sector, will take about 2 hours 15 minutes compared to 2 hours by car, if there is no traffic congestion...

- It has to be noted that in current times, everything has to be done fast and the intercity electric train service will at least, reclaim the advantage that KTMB had in the past...


- Thus, KTMB will be at the same level as bus service, which is regarded as the preferred choice of transport at the moment. What KTMB has to do, is to introduce innovative products and offer services at competitive price to keep its service, relevant with current times...

- But all the efforts to regain glory for the national train service will be meaning less if the company keep recording losses...

- Realising that 13 years is not a short moment, the KTMB managing director targets a profit of RM 1 for this year

- "The target of RM 1 profit is symbolic. We need to turn around the company which has recorded losses for the past 13 years."

- "It is the time for us to increase our revenue when the government has invested a lot in this company," according to him...

- Though the amount is small, it gives a big meaning and impact if the target can be realised...

- It also seen as the way forward for KTMB to move ahead and to be independent in the future, without getting government assistance...

- Realising the target set by him is not enough, KTMB plans to launch a transformation plan, in which will explain the way forward for KTMB in the next four years...

- The plan contains three main thrusts which will be implemented in three phases from 2009 to 2012...

- The first phase for this year, concentrates on profitable businesses...

- The second phase for the next two years, will include rebranding and reinforce human capital, operation and maintenance...

- The third phase will witness the emphasis on good values inside the organisation and gain support from shareholders throughout 2012

- Like MAS, KTMB problem do not differ much from MAS

- Both companies suffered loss due to inefficient operation and services, as well as wrong pricing...

- Now, what seperates MAS from KTMB is that MAS has recovered after the launch of the business transformation plan a few years ago, complete with the way forward and profit targets...

- Right after the launch of the business transformation plan, MAS took the initiative of increasing its workforce productivity and reducing operation cost, that same formula will be done by KTMB to achieve the RM 1 target...

- The MD actually faces the same problem like the MAS Managing Director...

- He took the risk by announcing the transformation plan to the public

- However, it is a better way then to do it silently which can cause the public to question of path of the company take, which has been in the red for quite a while...

- The question, can he change KTMB?

- If MAS can get out from financial problem and keep competing in its respective industry, why not KTMB?
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ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN SEREMBAN AND GEMAS (94.14 km)

RM5b rail project on drawing board
By Sharen KaurPublished: 2009/05/12



Global Rail Sdn Bhd and its partner from China are working on a RM5 billion project to lay 250km of parallel railway lines in southern Peninsular Malaysia.

The proposal for the double-track lines, connecting Gemas and Johor Baru, will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Transport Ministry by early June, Global Rail managing director Fan Boon Heng told Business Times.

Its partner is China Infraglobe Consortium, a state agency under the Central Committee in Beijing.

The rail project will be a Private Finance Initiative, where the developers will arrange funding, and it will also include a plan by China Infraglobe to invest in mineral processing and metal production in Johor.

Global Rail is part of an international team of specialists undertaking a detailed development and investment study for China Infraglobe.

The Chinese company wants to set up an industrial complex in Johor to process the mineral and for downstream metal production with the required logistics infrastructure.

The proposed investment by China Infraglobe is related to the processing of minerals sourced in Peninsular Malaysia with electrified rapid rail freight, connecting the southern ports to the complex, Fan said.

"A proposal on the plan by China Infraglobe will also be submitted to the Chinese government early next month for approval," Fan told Business Times in an interview.

China Infraglobe is the implementation arm of the Byzantium China International Investment Consortium, both of which are extra-jurisdictional agencies under the Central Committee in Beijing.

"Our aim is to provide a solution to link up to Iskandar Malaysia, which is fast developing. There is a single track up to Johor currently but that needs to be upgraded. Furthermore, the government has indicated the continuation of the double tracks from Gemas to Johor," Fan said.

The Gemas-Johor Baru double-tracking project will benefit Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd as it will be able to extend its commuter services to Johor, instead of making its last stop in Seremban.

India's national railway firm, Ircon International Ltd, is already working on a RM3.45 billion contract to build 100km of electrified double-tracks from Seremban to Gemas.

Ircon's design-and-build contract is fully funded by the government and will be implemented in four years.
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It is too bad you cannot travel quickly from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and vice versa via rail.
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Well, as seen above, they're working on it And even now, a trip between KL and Singapore is a very pleasant night voyage with private shower and some free food, all for 40-50$ last time I took it...
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New railway facilities in Batu Gajah, Perak (just south of Ipoh and about 190-something kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur)

Consists of training centre, workshop, EMU depot and also, quarters for staffs...













Training centre and multi-purpose hall


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