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Old July 25th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #241
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Klang’s Terminal B closes after nine months
Nine months — that’s how long it lasted
Nevash Nair
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 05:45:00



THE shutters have finally come down at Terminal B of the ill-fated Klang Sentral after nine months. The only shop that was operating within Terminal B closed when the terminal was closed two months ago.

The terminal looks like a ghost town — an apt description as the deserted building has no passengers and no bus operators. No one was around.

It was said that Terminal B had been sold to an inter-State bus company operator and would reopen in October but the Klang Municipal Council brushed this off as “a rumour”.

Malay Mail visited Klang Sentral yesterday and it was a sorry sight. Only Terminal A, the terminal that caters for outstation buses, is operational and buzzing with activity.

However, traders at Terminal A are still finding it hard to make ends meet.

“We are only catering for the inter-State bus passengers. We are barely making money. We can only hope for local buses to move back here like how it was initially planned,” said Akhbar, a newsstand operator.

The controversial Klang Sentral opened its doors for operations last November — and nothing much has changed. The RM12 million terminal along Jalan Meru has been the subject of controversy as many residents in Klang complain of its location which is too far from town.

Until today, all bus operators, including RapidKL, are adamant they will not use Klang Sentral due to its poor location and the lack of passengers.

The Klang Sentral bus terminal also created a rift between Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that saw Manikavasagam handing in his resignation letter.

The first-term MP stayed on after Khalid promised to look into the matter personally. But meeting after meeting has not found any solution.

The Klang Municipal Council is also clueless on how to resolve the issue and is seemingly powerless as well. Many bus operators initially expressed their displeasure at the relocation, saying that it added to operational costs and was “a waste of time”.

Bus operators in Klang Sentral are charged RM900 monthly rental compared with just RM150 at the former Klang bus terminal.

Chronology of Klang Sentral

May 13 — Six months since the controversial Klang Sentral opened its doors for operations nothing much has changed. Malay Mail visited Klang Sentral and it was a sorry sight. Only Terminal A that caters to outstation buses was fully operational with lots of people. Terminal B, on the other hand, looked like a ghost town. Within
the terminal, there is only one newsstand. At 1.30pm, this reporter was the first customer of the day and the shop had been open since morning.

April 23 — Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim pledged to solve the Klang Sentral fiasco by next month.

April 22 — RapidKL decided to cease its operations at the RM12 million terminal in Meru, moving back to the Bandar Klang terminal in the town centre.

April 20 — The Klang Municipal Council is sticking by the various bus routing changes announced when Klang Sentral was opened to replace the old bus terminal.

April 6 — Traders near the old Klang town bus station expressed frustration after their businesses had gone from bad to worse since the bus station was moved to Klang Sentral. Traders claimed that business plunged by more than half.

Feb 20 — Bus operators were still operating from the old terminal in the middle of Klang town, causing traffic congestion. Many passengers at the old bus terminal said certain bus operators had refused to use the new terminal and continued to pick-up and drop-off passengers at the old terminal.

Feb 13 — Klang MP Charles Santiago offered to mediate between the Klang Sentral management, bus companies, traders and consumer groups to resolve various problems plaguing the new terminal.

Jan 16 — Many bus operators refused to move to the spanking new bus terminal, stating that it would increase cost of operations.

Dec 27, 2008 — Stage and express bus companies and taxi operators start operations from the new bus terminal.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 07:19 AM   #243
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Terminal Bas Wawasan sesak

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TERMINAL Bas Wawasan, Kota Kinabalu berubah secara tiba-tiba menjadi sesak dan sibuk apabila semua operasi bas di bandar raya itu dipindahkan ke situ sejak pertengahan Jun lalu.

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KOTA KINABALU 5 Ogos - Sejak pertengahan Jun lalu, Terminal Bas Wawasan menjadi tempat paling sesak dan tumpuan utama pengguna pengangkutan awam di bandar raya ini.

Ini kerana terminal itu merupakan satu-satunya hentian bas yang dibenarkan beroperasi di bawah program penyusunan semula jaringan pengangkutan awam di sini oleh Lembaga Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan (LPKP) Sabah dan Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK).

Sebelum ini terdapat dua hentian untuk bas mini dan bas henti-henti di bandar raya ini iaitu di Terminal Bas Wawasan dan hentian bas depan Kompleks Mahkamah Kota Kinabalu.

Sebelum ini Terminal Bas Wawasan menyediakan lebih 1,100 perkhidmatan bas mini dan bas henti-henti yang bernaung di bawah Persatuan Pengusaha Bas Bumiputera Sabah (PPBBS).

Sementara itu di hentian bas depan mahkamah pula menempatkan kira-kira 80 bas henti-henti milik syarikat persendirian ia-itu Syarikat Penampang Union Transport (PUT) dan Tuaran United Transport (TUT).

Selepas penyusunan semula itu, Terminal Bas Wawasan kini menempatkan lebih 1,250 buah bas PPBBS, PUT, TUT termasuk perkhidmatan bas dalam bandar (City Bus) yang turut dibenarkan mengambil penumpang di situ.

Keadaan tersebut menyebabkan terminal itu sesak kerana kawasannya terlalu sempit dan kapasiti penumpang dan bilangan bas yang bertambah secara mendadak.

Ramai melihat penyelarasan satu hentian bas sahaja di terminal itu yang mula beroperasi sejak 2007 dibuat tanpa perancangan teliti dan menimbulkan banyak masalah.

Seorang penumpang, Jamil Tahir, 45, berkata, terminal tersebut sekarang mengalami kesesakan luar biasa terutamanya pada pukul 8 pagi dan 5 petang ke atas.

''Pada waktu puncak keadaan sukar digambarkan kerana terlalu ramai penumpang secara tiba-tiba dan keadaan menjadi tidak terkawal sehingga menimbulkan situasi yang tidak selesa.

''Sekarang bukan sahaja masalah sesak tetapi juga insiden ragut dan terlalu bising kerana sekarang sudah mula digunakan pembesar suara,'' katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia, di sini baru-baru ini.

Beliau berkata, sepatutnya sebelum keputusan memindahkan operasi bas PUT dan TUT, tinjauan pendapat orang ramai perlu dilakukan sama ada setuju dengan langkah itu.

Penumpang lain, Jamal Tan, 49, pula berkata, sebelum pemindahan itu dilakukan seharusnya terminal tersebut dinaik taraf untuk keselesaan dan kemudahan asas.

''Sekarang tandas pun DBKK sudah hadkan penggunaannya mungkin kerana penumpang terlalu ramai dan tandas pula tidak cukup. Apabila ditutup pada waktu tertentu, ini menimbulkan masalah baru.

''Terdapat segelintir penumpang yang menjadikan kawasan sekitar tandas itu untuk melepas 'hajat' mereka dan ini menimbulkan suasana kotor dan pencemaran bau," ujarnya.

Bagi Francis Alin, 58, kekotoran bukan sahaja di kawasan tandas tetapi di seluruh terminal tersebut kerana sejak semua bas beroperasi di situ dan pembuangan sampah-sarap semakin menjadi-jadi.

Selain sampah, katanya, pencemaran lain ialah habuk dan masalah air bertakung di pekarangan terminal berkenaan apabila hujan yang sama seperti banjir kilat.

''Begitu juga jumlah kerusi penumpang menunggu bas pun tidak cukup, ditambah pula dengan penjaja kecil meletak barang jualan atas kerusi penumpang menunggu bas," katanya.

Selain itu, katanya, kesesakan itu bukan sahaja berlaku di terminal tetapi juga kawasan berdekatan apabila orang ramai yang menuju ke situ melintas sesuka hati.

Francis berkata, sebuah jejantas dan kemudahan asas lain seperti kedai makan dan kaunter tiket perlu dibina segera.

Sementara itu salah seorang pemandu bas, Indra Muliadi, 29, meminta supaya petak meletak bas ditambah serta disusun semula supaya tidak berselerak dan lebih sistematik.

Katanya, jika masalah itu tidak ditangani segera, pemandu bas akan berebut-rebut dan keadaan tersebut secara tidak langsung akan lebih menyesakkan terminal.
Dana naik taraf terminal bas sudah dilulus

KOTA KINABALU 5 Ogos - Kerajaan Pusat memperuntukkan sebanyak RM5 juta untuk menaik taraf Terminal Bas Wawasan di sini bagi menyelesaikan masalah kesesakan yang berlaku di situ.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata, kerajaan sudah pun meluluskan dana tersebut dan berharap ia dapat disalurkan secepat mungkin.

"Saya akan berjumpa dengan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang juga Menteri Kewangan dalam masa terdekat supaya dana ini dipercepatkan," katanya selepas melawat terminal itu baru-baru ini.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Perancangan Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK), Alijus Sipil berkata, selain menaik taraf terminal itu, pihaknya juga mempunyai perancangan lain.

Beliau memberitahu, DBKK merancang untuk membina beberapa lagi terminal bas baru di sekitar bandar raya ini sebagai langkah mengurangkan kesesakan di terminal itu.

"Kita rancang terminal-terminal bas baru ini dibina di daerah berdekatan Kota Kinabalu supaya bas terlibat tidak masuk ke kawasan bandar raya, ini untuk mengelakkan kesesakan," katanya.

Menurutnya, antara terminal yang akan dibina berdekatan Kota Kinabalu ialah di Kepayan, Inanam, Penampang dan sebuah terminal khas yang akan menjadi penghubung ke empat daerah terbesar.

"Pembinaan Terminal Bas Selatan di Kepayan akan menelan belanja RM50 juta manakala pembinaan terminal di Inanam akan melibatkan kawasan seluas 1.6 hektar.

''Bagaimanapun, nilai kos masih belum diketahui dan terminal khas pula dijangka melibatkan kos RM5 juta," katanya.

Beliau berkata, semua projek itu diharap dapat dimulakan sebelum Rancangan Malaysia Kesepuluh (RMK-10) bagi menyelesaikan semua masalah di Terminal Bas Wawasan atau bandar raya ini.

Dalam pada itu, Presiden Persatuan Pengusaha-Pengusaha Bas Mini Bumiputera (PPBMS), Mohd. Lokman Sunggim berkata, perancangan tersebut adalah yang terbaik dan paling sistematik.

Lokman berkata, sudah sampai masanya infrastruktur dan kemudahan pengangkutan awam di ibu negeri di naik taraf seiring dengan kepesatan pembangunannya.
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High-tech features: An artist’s impression of the new bus terminal to be built in U1 Shah Alam.
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Shah Alam bus terminal plan still on
Story and photos by SALINA KHALID


VARIOUS efforts have been taken to improve the public transport system. Yet somehow, for most Shah Alam residents, their hope for having such a system is almost like wishful thinking.

“Everybody is aware of the benefits of taking public transportation. It helps (preserve) the environment, saves money and reduces traffic congestion. But the system is so unreliable here in Shah Alam,” said Mohd Amin Ismail.

He claimed that the lack of reliable buses and taxis in the capital city of Selangor had forced him to drive a car.


High-tech features: An artist’s impression of the new bus terminal to be built in U1 Shah Alam.

The 35-year-old said he wasted a lot of time travelling between his house in Klang and his workplace in Shah Alam when he was commuting by bus even though his house is only a few kilometres away from Shah Alam.

“My wife had to use the car as she has to travel to Putrajaya, so I thought I could use the public transport.

“It was so frustrating and in less than a month I started looking for my own car,” said the father of two.

He added that it did not help that most of the taxi drivers in Shah Alam did not use meters and would quote a fixed rate instead.

With the escalating price of fuel and toll rates, most residents agreed that they would use the public transport only if it was convenient. To most, using their own transportation seems to be the only choice.


Earmarked: The site where the new bus terminal will be located.

“There has been a lot of talk before this about improving the system.

“There was even a plan to build an integrated bus terminal for the residents in Shah Alam. But I do not know what happened to it,” said Azhar Abdul Rahman, a Section 16 resident.

Currently, Shah Alam residents can use the inter-city and express bus services (mostly for East Coast-bound passengers) at Section 17.

The City Centre station which is located behind the Maybank building, opposite the Wisma MBSA, caters for the city buses.

At the same time passengers can also wait for the buses in front of Kompleks PKNS.


Soon to go: The temporary bus terminal in Section 17 will cease operations once the new bus terminal in U1 is completed.

For now, residents can heave a sigh of relief as plans to build a new bus terminal complex to replace the existing Section 17 terminal is still on.

When asked, Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said, “We are going ahead with the plan to build the terminal.

Mazalan said the plan for the terminal, located at U1, near the old Batu Tiga Police Station, had been submitted to the state government and was still waiting for the final decision.

Once the approval is received then the project could resume, he said, adding that the project would be completed in two years.

The bus terminal complex will be constructed in stages. The first phase is estimated to cost about RM20mil. Under the first phase, 45 bays (for the buses) would be provided for bus companies to operate in the complex.

The three-storey complex would also be equipped with ticketing counters, retail and food outlets on the first floor. Car park and drop off points are located on the second floor.

The second phase will include pedestrian crossing from the terminal to the Komuter Station situated across the Federal Highway.

The site was picked since it is located near the Stadium Shah Alam and the indoor stadium.

The location is also easily accessible from the Federal Highway and the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).

With the opening of the terminal, the express buses do not have to enter the city centre, thus traffic congestion will be averted.
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Klang Sentral Terminal B temporarily closed for renovations
By ELAN PERUMAL


THE Klang Sentral’s terminal B has been temporarily closed to facilitate renovation works at the complex.

Developer NPO Sdn Bhd director Chairmaine Lim said a covered walkway connecting the terminal B and A was being constructed.

She said the terminal would be reopened in two months after the walkway was completed.

“The walkway will enable commuters to walk from one terminal to another with comfort.

“It will provide them cover from the sun and rain,’’ she said, adding that the construction work was underway now in anticipation of the rainy season at the end of the year.

As a temporary measure, Lim said, terminal A would serve both local and express buses.

With this, Lim also quashed speculations that the terminal had been closed permanently due to lack of commuters and buses.

She said there was no truth in the rumours.

“We are upgrading our facilities and it is meant to provide better service for the commuters,’’ she said.
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RM50mil bus terminal gets lifeline


SEREMBAN: The RM50mil Terminal 2 express bus station at Era Walk near here which was supposed to have started operations more than two years ago received a lifeline when Konsortium Transnasional Bhd (KTB) agreed to house its operations there.

KTB, the country’s largest private bus operator with a fleet of 1,500 vehicles, runs the Transnasional, Nice, Plusliner and Cityliner companies.

Era Baru executive chairman Datuk Chua Tiong Moon hoped that the state authorities would soon direct all express bus operators to move their operations to Terminal 2.


Revival: Tengku Hasmadi and Chua (left) checking out one of the express bus counters at Seremban’s Terminal 2 on Monday.

“The terminal has been ready for more than two years and we hope it would soon become a hub for all express bus operators in the state.

“Since we constructed Terminal 2 with the consent of the state government, we hope this could be expedited,” he said at the launch of KTB’s operations at Era Walk near here.

KTB executive director Tengku Hasmadi Tengku Hashim said the company decided to move to Terminal 2 as it had several more advantages that the present main bus station.

“The waiting area for passengers is air-conditioned, the toilets are clean and our drivers have a place where they can bathe and rest before starting work,” he said.

At present, the company operates some 200 buses in Negri Sembilan
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Kuching Sentral seeks RM20m grant from KL



KUCHING: Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd (KSSB) has submitted an application for a grant of less than RM20 million from the Transport Ministry to subsidise part of the development cost of the new public transportation hub here.


BRIEFING: Nazri (centre) being briefed by the representative of Permodalan Assar Sdn Bhd on the development of Kuching Sentral during his working visit recently. Seen on the left is Kuching City South Mayor James Chan.

It said in a press statement yesterday that the application was brought to the attention of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz during the latter’s visit to the project site on Sunday.

KSSB, a subsidiary of Permodalan Assar Sdn Bhd, said the total cost of the project was RM90 million.

Once completed, Kuching Sentral would be the new regional bus terminal.

The press statement said the project was targetted for completion in June 2010 and so far, 28 per cent of the works had been done.

It said the facilities available at Kuching Sentral included 48 bus bays, 25 taxi and commercial van bays, 400 open and basement vehicle bays and motorcycle parking spaces.

The facility will cater for regional express buses on daily routes from Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Pontianak, Brunei and Sabah.

Other facilities include automatic teller machines (ATM), closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system and police station.

The terminal will be able to accommodate 12,000 passengers when it is fully operational.

Besides that, the three-storey terminal will have a shopping complex with retail stores which include a 24,000 square foot hypermarket and 10,000 square foot food court.

In addition, there will also be specialty kiosks, amusement centre, restaurants, international fast food outlets, fashion boutiques, beauty and health care centre, gifts shops, pharmacy, optical stores, money changer, telecommunication stores, textiles shops and others.

There will also be a luggage keeping facility for the convenience of passengers to leave their heavy bags while shopping at Kuching Sentral.

It is aimed at providing convenience and comfort to travellers on bus journeys as well as to their relatives and friends who sent them to the terminal.

Kuching Sentral will be a modern, air-conditioned bus terminal with people’s comfort in mind.

It is located within two minutes drive from Kuching International Airport (KIA).

And it is a gateway to the Kota Sentosa Region which represents one of the fastest growth centres outside the Kuching city hub, strategically located to serve the public.
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KUCHING: Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd (KSSB) has submitted an application for a grant of less than RM20 million from the Transport Ministry to subsidise part of the development cost of the new public transportation hub here.


BRIEFING: Nazri (centre) being briefed by the representative of Permodalan Assar Sdn Bhd on the development of Kuching Sentral during his working visit recently. Seen on the left is Kuching City South Mayor James Chan.

It said in a press statement yesterday that the application was brought to the attention of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz during the latter’s visit to the project site on Sunday.

KSSB, a subsidiary of Permodalan Assar Sdn Bhd, said the total cost of the project was RM90 million.

Once completed, Kuching Sentral would be the new regional bus terminal.

The press statement said the project was targetted for completion in June 2010 and so far, 28 per cent of the works had been done.

It said the facilities available at Kuching Sentral included 48 bus bays, 25 taxi and commercial van bays, 400 open and basement vehicle bays and motorcycle parking spaces.

The facility will cater for regional express buses on daily routes from Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Pontianak, Brunei and Sabah.

Other facilities include automatic teller machines (ATM), closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system and police station.

The terminal will be able to accommodate 12,000 passengers when it is fully operational.

Besides that, the three-storey terminal will have a shopping complex with retail stores which include a 24,000 square foot hypermarket and 10,000 square foot food court.

In addition, there will also be specialty kiosks, amusement centre, restaurants, international fast food outlets, fashion boutiques, beauty and health care centre, gifts shops, pharmacy, optical stores, money changer, telecommunication stores, textiles shops and others.

There will also be a luggage keeping facility for the convenience of passengers to leave their heavy bags while shopping at Kuching Sentral.

It is aimed at providing convenience and comfort to travellers on bus journeys as well as to their relatives and friends who sent them to the terminal.

Kuching Sentral will be a modern, air-conditioned bus terminal with people’s comfort in mind.

It is located within two minutes drive from Kuching International Airport (KIA).

And it is a gateway to the Kota Sentosa Region which represents one of the fastest growth centres outside the Kuching city hub, strategically located to serve the public.
Mohon RM20 juta bina Kuching Sentral
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Pengurusannya kemuka permohonan dapat geran daripada Kementerian Pengangkutan

KUCHING: Pihak pengurusan Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd telah mengemukakan permohonan untuk mendapatkan geran kerajaan kira-kira RM20 juta daripada Kementerian Pengangkutan bagi membantu membiayai kos pembinaan Kuching Sentral.

Syarikat berkenaan dalam kenyataan akhbarnya semalam memberitahu kos keseluruhan pembinaan Kuching Sentral bernilai RM90 juta.

Usul itu turut disokong oleh Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz dan beliau menyatakan sokongan itu kepada pemberita ketika melakukan lawatan kerja ke Sarawak baru-baru ini.

Kuching Sentral dijangka siap sepenuhnya pada Jun 2010 dan ketika ini ia telah siap 28 peratus.

Apabila Kuching Sentral siap sepenuhnya nanti ia akan menjadi Terminal Bas Wilayah yang baru di negeri ini menggantikan terminal sedia ada di Batu 4, Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli dekat sini.

“Kuching Sentral akan dilengkapi dengan 48 ruang letak bas, 25 teksi dan van komersial, 400 tempat letak kereta bawah tanah dan terbuka serta ruang memarkir motosikal.

“Ia akan dijadikan terminal bas ekspres wilayah yang mengadakan perjalanan setiap hari ke Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Pontianak, Brunei dan Sabah,” kata jucakap syarikat dalam kenyataan itu.

Kemudahan lain turut disediakan di situ ialah mesin teler automatik (ATM), rakaman kamera litar tertutup (CCTV), balai polis dan sebagainya.

Terminal itu mampu menampung 12,000 penumpang pada satu-satu masa apabila ia beroperasi sepenuhnya.

Selain itu, terminal tiga tingkat itu akan dilengkapi dengan kompleks membeli-belah yang merangkumi hipermaket seluas 24 kaki persegi dan 10,000 kaki persegi medan selera serta kedai-kedai yang menjual pelbagai jenis barang.

Bagi keselesaan penumpang pihak pengurusan turut menyediakan tempat menyimpan beg sementara mereka membeli-belah di kompleks membeli-belah yang terdapat di situ selain dilengkapi dengan sistem penghawa dingin sepenuhnya.

Kuching Sentral terletak hanya dua minit perjalanan menggunakan kenderaan dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching (LTAK).

Ia merupakan laluan utama ke wilayah Kota Sentosa.

Projek itu adalah dimiliki Kuching Sentral Sdn Bhd, anak syarikat Permodalan ASSAR Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat berkaitan kerajaan negeri.
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RAWANG: Bila mahu buka? Itu persoalan penduduk di sekitar Rawang terhadap terminal bas dan teksi baru yang sudah siap sejak lebih setahun lalu, namun sehingga kini masih belum dibuka untuk kemudahan orang ramai mendapatkan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam secara berpusat.

Malah, orang ramai juga mempersoalkan lokasi terminal berkenaan kerana walaupun belum dibuka sebagai terminal bas dan teksi, kawasan terbabit sudah sesak dengan kenderaan yang memenuhi sekeliling bangunan itu.

Seorang pekerja swasta, Kaharuddin Mohamed Nor, 34, berkata bangunan yang sudah lebih setahun siap itu sepatutnya sudah dibuka sebagai stesen bas dan teksi Rawang kerana ia bukan saja membantu mengatasi masalah kesesakan untuk masuk ke pekan Rawang, tetapi juga mengelak pembaziran.

“Ini tidak, sudah lama bangunan itu siap tapi masih tidak digunakan dan ini memang pembaziran. Jika tidak mahu guna, tidak perlu membazir wang membinanya.

“Saya tidak tahu apa masalahnya menyebabkan sampai sekarang terminal itu tidak digunakan. Apa yang saya dengar pembinaannya mempunyai kesilapan dari segi lokasinya,” katanya yang ditemui di sini.

Menurutnya, jika perkara itu yang menjadi punca terminal terbabit tidak dapat digunakan sebagai terminal bas dan teksi, pihak yang berkaitan perlu dipersalahkan kerana menjadi tanggungjawab menilai serta merancang dengan teliti sebelum membinanya.

“Kalau betul lokasinya menjadi punca menyebabkan bangunan tidak dapat digunakan, pihak yang berkenaan perlu dipersalahkan.

“Jika bina tanpa perancangan yang teliti, ia pembaziran,” katanya.

Suri rumah, Siti Aishah Nazir, 29, berkata dia berpendapat lokasi terminal bas baru dan teksi itu tidak sesuai kerana dikelilingi kedai serta pasar raya.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 04:47 AM   #254
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Majestic symbol of a bygone era still shines
By CHOONG MEK ZHIN


THE Kuala Lumpur railway station in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin may be a shadow of its former glory but it is as majestic as ever from the outside.

Inside, things have quietened down since KL Sentral took over its role as the main hub for railway travel.

Former station master Mohd Sukhairi Ahmad Junid, 58, retired in March last year after 38 years of service with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd and recalls many fond memories of the station he was in charge of.


Back in time Retired KTMB press relations officer Ng Cheong Fook, 72, remembers when the railway station was a hive of activity as shown in a file picture from 1977 below.

“Every day, the platforms would be filled with working people, especially government servants, because they got vouchers to travel by train. There were also a lot of schoolchildren who took the trains to school every day,” Mohd Sukhairi said.

According to him, the train fares then were cheap and a lot of people used the rail services.

Mohd Sukhairi said before the current trains were used, about 60 diesel trains, each capable of carrying between 240 and 400 passengers, would stop at the station daily and before that, it was 15 to 20 steam locomotives, each able to carry about 400 passengers.

Many of the previous tenants, some of which are still remembered fondly by old station staff and passengers till today like A&W and KFC, are no longer doing business at the station.


Lonely: The main building of the station that has Eastern and Western architectural influences is mostly deserted but is still well kept.

“Tenants could not sustain their businesses and left. Only 4,000 people pass through the station daily to take the KTM Komuter trains that stop on the newer segment of platform 2 and 3 that was built in the early 1990s,” KTMB property department acting senior manager Norma Ali said.

The platforms mentioned are an extension of the old platform 2 and 3 in the middle of the station and are slightly raised to accommodate the taller commuter trains, according to Norma.

“Now, our tenants are mainly union offices, coach bus operators’ offices and The Heritage Station Hotel. We also have one kitchen on the premises that prepares food for a cafeteria in KL Sentral,” Norma said.

According to Norma, it takes about RM30,000 a month to maintain such a large and old station and the bulk of the money goes to cleaning as well as servicing the escalators and lifts.

“Every now and then, we will need to fix leaking roofs or chipped and loose tiles in the pedestrian tunnels connecting the platforms,” Norma said.

Two years ago, the Arts, Culture and National Heritage Department (Kekwa) allocated funds to repaint the facade of the station as it was a Visit Malaysia Year as well as the country’s 50th Merdeka anniversary and plenty of tourists were expected.


Deserted: The inside of the station is a far cry from the days when it used to be crowded.

She added that people tend to pass through the station without looking around as they made their way to the extended platforms.

Over 200 commuter trains travelling the Sentul-Port Klang and Tanjung Malim - Rawang - Seremban routes stop at the station every day.

In an effort to liven up the place, Norma said plans were under way to renovate the rest of platform 2 and 3 in September so that the trains could stop on the platform inside the station.

“We’re hoping if people actually waited in the station, the place will be more business-friendly and more tenants will come in to rent the empty spaces,” Norma said, adding that there was only about 6,000 sq ft of rentable space left in the station

“There are also plans to allocate space on the platforms for kiosks where traders can do business as well,” Norma said.

According to her, the station was rented out last year for an antique car exhibition and inside the main building is a mini-museum featuring train models and other railway paraphernalia.

“The place is also a popular pre-wedding photo location and we only charge them a minimal fee of RM100 per day,” Norma said.

Other trains stopping at the station include five daily shuttle trains travelling the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route and the recently included north-bound intercity trains.


Big things to come: KTMB central region commuter services acting senior operations manager Mohd Rusli Mohd Nor explaining some of the plans for the station.

“The old train station is less packed compared with KL Sentral. We’re trying to give people a choice when it comes to where to take the trains,” KTMB central region commuter services acting senior operations manager Mohd Rusli Mohd Nor said.

Mohd Rusli also said the commuter train fares ranged from RM1 to RM10 and have not changed for many years.

Former KTM staff Mohd Sukhairi and Ng Cheong Fook wished to see the train station revived.

“We should emulate the Singaporeans who have underground connecting pedestrian tunnels that connect shopping malls and train stations seamlessly,” Mohd Sukhairi said.

Ng suggested the station be livened up by conducting official tours and passing on its history and all the culture and heritage it contained to the future generations.


Signs of the times: A Komuter train passing through the station.
Janagaraju Jeyaraman, 23, helps his uncle to run the news stand located in the station building during his semester break.

“The station is empty most of the day but we still get about 50 customers a day and make roughly RM600 profit per day,” Janagaraju said.

Rental for his uncle’s shop is RM1200 a month and their best-selling items are newspapers, magazines, cigarettes and drinks.

“My uncle has been running this shop even before KL Sentral began its operations.

“I remember him speaking of the good old days when business was so good, he could never find time to even sit for the whole day,” he said.
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SEREMBAN: The RM50mil Terminal 2 express bus station at Era Walk near here which was supposed to have started operations more than two years ago received a lifeline when Konsortium Transnasional Bhd (KTB) agreed to house its operations there.

KTB, the country’s largest private bus operator with a fleet of 1,500 vehicles, runs the Transnasional, Nice, Plusliner and Cityliner companies.

Era Baru executive chairman Datuk Chua Tiong Moon hoped that the state authorities would soon direct all express bus operators to move their operations to Terminal 2.


Revival: Tengku Hasmadi and Chua (left) checking out one of the express bus counters at Seremban’s Terminal 2 on Monday.

“The terminal has been ready for more than two years and we hope it would soon become a hub for all express bus operators in the state.

“Since we constructed Terminal 2 with the consent of the state government, we hope this could be expedited,” he said at the launch of KTB’s operations at Era Walk near here.

KTB executive director Tengku Hasmadi Tengku Hashim said the company decided to move to Terminal 2 as it had several more advantages that the present main bus station.

“The waiting area for passengers is air-conditioned, the toilets are clean and our drivers have a place where they can bathe and rest before starting work,” he said.

At present, the company operates some 200 buses in Negri Sembilan
New terminal another white elephant in the making


I REFER to the story “RM50mil bus terminal gets lifeline” (StarMetro, Aug 18) and wish to offer my opinion on the matter, coming from Negri Sembilan myself.

Before this article, I never knew that it cost a staggering RM50mil to build such a terminal! And to make things worse, it has been left idle even with the ‘perks’ it offers such as clean toilets and a resting place for drivers.

I have been to the place with my family many times, not to board the buses but to watch movies at the MBO cineplex, which is the only family-orientated entertainment hub that Terminal 2 has to offer.

Ironically, the main reason that I go to watch movies there is that there are not many movie-goers who go there as the building has been a white elephant for two years.

Near the bus terminal, there are pubs, clubs and restaurants but even these hardly attract any regulars.

As I have to walk past the passengers’ waiting area to get to the cineplex, I would sometimes see just two or three people waiting for buses, at times late at night.

Which brings me to another point about what the terminal lacks — security, especially for women.

It seems that the most public transport users, bus operators and drivers just “refuse” to get away from the heat, chaos and traffic congestion at Terminal 1, which is more convenient for everyone as it has more to offer including a shopping complex and easy access to the town centre.

Unless something drastic is done, it looks like the RM50mil Terminal 2 is going to be left as it is or worse, torn down.

It makes me wonder if there was any proper planning, in terms of its potential as a commercial area and luring the public to use the terminal.

That RM50mil could have been used to improve the building structure or facilities at Terminal 1 instead.

I guess we just have to wait and see what happens next.

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By CHOONG MEK ZHIN


THE Kuala Lumpur railway station in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin may be a shadow of its former glory but it is as majestic as ever from the outside.

Inside, things have quietened down since KL Sentral took over its role as the main hub for railway travel.

Former station master Mohd Sukhairi Ahmad Junid, 58, retired in March last year after 38 years of service with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd and recalls many fond memories of the station he was in charge of.


Back in time Retired KTMB press relations officer Ng Cheong Fook, 72, remembers when the railway station was a hive of activity as shown in a file picture from 1977 below.

“Every day, the platforms would be filled with working people, especially government servants, because they got vouchers to travel by train. There were also a lot of schoolchildren who took the trains to school every day,” Mohd Sukhairi said.

According to him, the train fares then were cheap and a lot of people used the rail services.

Mohd Sukhairi said before the current trains were used, about 60 diesel trains, each capable of carrying between 240 and 400 passengers, would stop at the station daily and before that, it was 15 to 20 steam locomotives, each able to carry about 400 passengers.

Many of the previous tenants, some of which are still remembered fondly by old station staff and passengers till today like A&W and KFC, are no longer doing business at the station.


Lonely: The main building of the station that has Eastern and Western architectural influences is mostly deserted but is still well kept.

“Tenants could not sustain their businesses and left. Only 4,000 people pass through the station daily to take the KTM Komuter trains that stop on the newer segment of platform 2 and 3 that was built in the early 1990s,” KTMB property department acting senior manager Norma Ali said.

The platforms mentioned are an extension of the old platform 2 and 3 in the middle of the station and are slightly raised to accommodate the taller commuter trains, according to Norma.

“Now, our tenants are mainly union offices, coach bus operators’ offices and The Heritage Station Hotel. We also have one kitchen on the premises that prepares food for a cafeteria in KL Sentral,” Norma said.

According to Norma, it takes about RM30,000 a month to maintain such a large and old station and the bulk of the money goes to cleaning as well as servicing the escalators and lifts.

“Every now and then, we will need to fix leaking roofs or chipped and loose tiles in the pedestrian tunnels connecting the platforms,” Norma said.

Two years ago, the Arts, Culture and National Heritage Department (Kekwa) allocated funds to repaint the facade of the station as it was a Visit Malaysia Year as well as the country’s 50th Merdeka anniversary and plenty of tourists were expected.


Deserted: The inside of the station is a far cry from the days when it used to be crowded.

She added that people tend to pass through the station without looking around as they made their way to the extended platforms.

Over 200 commuter trains travelling the Sentul-Port Klang and Tanjung Malim - Rawang - Seremban routes stop at the station every day.

In an effort to liven up the place, Norma said plans were under way to renovate the rest of platform 2 and 3 in September so that the trains could stop on the platform inside the station.

“We’re hoping if people actually waited in the station, the place will be more business-friendly and more tenants will come in to rent the empty spaces,” Norma said, adding that there was only about 6,000 sq ft of rentable space left in the station

“There are also plans to allocate space on the platforms for kiosks where traders can do business as well,” Norma said.

According to her, the station was rented out last year for an antique car exhibition and inside the main building is a mini-museum featuring train models and other railway paraphernalia.

“The place is also a popular pre-wedding photo location and we only charge them a minimal fee of RM100 per day,” Norma said.

Other trains stopping at the station include five daily shuttle trains travelling the Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh route and the recently included north-bound intercity trains.


Big things to come: KTMB central region commuter services acting senior operations manager Mohd Rusli Mohd Nor explaining some of the plans for the station.

“The old train station is less packed compared with KL Sentral. We’re trying to give people a choice when it comes to where to take the trains,” KTMB central region commuter services acting senior operations manager Mohd Rusli Mohd Nor said.

Mohd Rusli also said the commuter train fares ranged from RM1 to RM10 and have not changed for many years.

Former KTM staff Mohd Sukhairi and Ng Cheong Fook wished to see the train station revived.

“We should emulate the Singaporeans who have underground connecting pedestrian tunnels that connect shopping malls and train stations seamlessly,” Mohd Sukhairi said.

Ng suggested the station be livened up by conducting official tours and passing on its history and all the culture and heritage it contained to the future generations.


Signs of the times: A Komuter train passing through the station.
Janagaraju Jeyaraman, 23, helps his uncle to run the news stand located in the station building during his semester break.

“The station is empty most of the day but we still get about 50 customers a day and make roughly RM600 profit per day,” Janagaraju said.

Rental for his uncle’s shop is RM1200 a month and their best-selling items are newspapers, magazines, cigarettes and drinks.

“My uncle has been running this shop even before KL Sentral began its operations.

“I remember him speaking of the good old days when business was so good, he could never find time to even sit for the whole day,” he said.
my dream is....

.....to hear the government making a statement that a private company will turn it into a grand boutique hotel and museum...
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why don't DBKL pave the bus lane with concrete? heavy vehicle can simply damage the asphalt (tar) pavement making jalan lobang-lobang. seriously an eyesore.
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.....to hear the government making a statement that a private company will turn it into a grand boutique hotel and museum...
kalau macam tu bagaimana KTM Komuter nak lalu lintasan untuk Sentul-Port Klang line atau yang lain pada tu (KTM intercity) memang mereka masih ada stop destination kat stesen ni...



Baguslah untuk meraih rich history yang terlibat di bandaraya dan masih di guna lagi!

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kalau macam tu bagaimana KTM Komuter nak lalu lintasan untuk Sentul-Port Klang line atau yang lain pada tu (KTM intercity) memang mereka masih ada stop destination kat stesen ni...



Baguslah untuk meraih rich history yang terlibat di bandaraya dan masih di guna lagi!
doesn't mean if we say we want to convert the station as museum, it has to be closed. tak perlu. just operate as usual, but a massive renovation with a fresh concept would make the station 'alive' again....
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