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2 projects to boost Perak's economic growth


POH, Sat:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced two projects yesterday to boost Perak’s economic growth and assist its return to the glory days when it flourished during the tin mining boom of the 1970s and 1980s.
The projects are to upgrade the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here and establish a commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang.

Abdullah said the projects would generate more economic activity for the Kinta Valley, especially from the upgrading of the airport, whose runway would be extended to allow for bigger aircraft and more traffic.

"Perak needs better airport facilities so that it will be able to cater to the changes in the economic landscape and boost its growth," he said after a luncheon with state Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders and heads of department at the Impiana Casuarina Hotel yesterday.

Abdullah was on a one-day working visit of Perak. He was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.
Abdullah said with the plans for the airport, Firefly, the Malaysia Airlines subsidiary, has agreed to operate flights from the airport to local and regional destinations.



On the commuter train service, Abdullah said it would enable faster access to and from Ipoh and Penang and allow workers to commute between Ipoh and Penang, Seberang Perai and Sungai Petani, Kedah.
 

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Work on KL-Ipoh commuter train service may begin next year

By MANJIT KAUR

KUALA LUMPUR: If all negotiations go well, works on the commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang will start early next year.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said currently the government was in the midst of discussing with the contractor involved on the matter.

He said they were waiting for a technical proposal or plan from the contactor.

"We hope the negotiations can be concluded before year end, so that work can begin early next year.

"We are not sure about the cost yet, as the ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) have to decide on the matter collectively,'' he told reporters at Wisma MCA here on Saturday, after announcing on a cultural and dinner event to be held in-conjunction with the country's 50th anniversary in October.

Chan was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's announcement on Friday that travellers could look forward to a bigger airport in Ipoh and a fast commuter train service from Penang.

Abdullah had said that the train service could be expanded later to other northern destinations like Sungai Petani.

When asked how long will it take for the project to be completed, Chan said overall, including the double-tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar, the service was expected to start in five years time.

"I am happy with the announcements made by the Prime Minister as this will bring a positive impact to the development in Kinta valley,'' he added.

On the expansion of the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Chan said it was good news, as prior to that, Air Asia had stopped flights from Ipoh to Senai due to the runway being too short for its aircraft.

"I am happy that with the expansion, bigger aircraft such as the A320 Airbus can land at the airport,'' he added.
 

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Commuter? Ipoh to Penang distance quite long......i think if the service is going to be introduced, maybe it would be just like the KL - Ipoh rapid train service.....but then, maybe we have to wait for the Ipoh - Padang Besar electrified double tracking project, then they can start the Ipoh to Penang service....hehe, hopefully they can max it out to 160 km/h at least....
 

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even the ERL hardl touches 160km/h how could commuter train on narrow gauge do that. unless they gonna bring in new trainsets.
 

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A brand new trainset from Hitachi can run on narrow gauge, at top speed of 160 km/h....like those use in Australia (QRail)...



or tilting train in Taiwan..



Hopefully when the double tracking project begins, they can realign the tracks a bit so that we can maximise the speed as fast as possible.....and make sure they use tilting train to achieve that...
 

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Source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/7/1/nation/18184540&sec=nation

No tech proposal yet on Penang-Ipoh train project

KUALA LUMPUR: The contractor for the commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang has yet to submit a technical proposal on the project to the Government.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the Government was still in discussion with the contractor.

“We hope the negotiations can be concluded before year's end, so that work can begin early next year. We are not sure about the cost yet, as the ministry, Finance Ministry and Economic Planning Unit have to decide on the matter collectively,'' he told reporters at Wisma MCA here yesterday after announcing a cultural and dinner event to be held in October in conjunction with the country's 50th independence anniversary.

Chan was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's announcement on Friday that travellers could look forward to a bigger airport in Ipoh and a fast commuter train service from Penang.

Abdullah had said that the train service could be expanded later to other northern destinations like Sungai Petani.

When asked how long it will take for the project to be completed, Chan said that including the double-tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar, the service was expected to start in five years.

“I am happy with the announcements made by the Prime Minister as this will bring a positive impact to development in the Kinta Valley,'' he added.

On the expansion of the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Chan said that it was good news as AirAsia had stopped flights from Ipoh to Senai due to the runway being too short for its aircraft.

“I am happy that with the expansion, bigger aircraft such as the A320 Airbus can land at the airport,'' he added.
 

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Perak MB Hopes Local Airlines Use LTSAS
June 30, 2007 20:52 PM

IPOH, 30 Jun (Bernama) -- Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, pleased with the announcement on the proposed extension of the landing strip at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (LTSAS), hopes that this would prompt airlines in the country to include Ipoh in their flight routes.

He said the Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Firefly and AirAsia should take the announcement seriously by planning to have flights to LTSAS.

"They should not only think of making quick profits but also as a social project for the people in Perak," he added.

He was reacting to an announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday that the government would expand the LTSAS airport and also provide commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang to spur development in the Kinta Valley.

"The Prime Minister sympathises with us (Perak) more and understands the plight of the people in the state who do not enjoy flight services when MAS and AirAsia ceased their operations at LTSAS," Tajol Rosli told reporters after opening the Perak Agricultural Market Carnival at Tambun here.

Currently, he said the LTSAS was used only by two Indonesian airlines, Merpati and Jentayu, for flights to Medan.

He said the expansion of the LTSAS, which would include extension of the landing strip, was expected to cost RM40 million.

Tajol Rosli also suggested that airlines intending to operate at LTSAS to have daily morning and evening flights between Ipoh and KL International Airport and Subang.

He also hoped that Firefly, which is expected to widen its operations with the purchase of 20 turboprop ATR aircraft from Italy to make LTSAS as one of its major destinations.

-- BERNAMA
 

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Abdullah Announces Two Projects To Spur Kinta Valley Development
June 29, 2007 18:46 PM

IPOH, June 29 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced today that the government will upgrade the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here and establish a commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang.

The prime minister said the two projects would spur development in the Kinta Valley.

"We'll extend the runway. We need to have a better airport," he told reporters after attending a luncheon with state government and Barisan Nasional leaders, department heads and Umno veterans at a hotel here before concluding his one-day visit to Perak.

Abdullah said the airport would be expanded and eventually used by Malaysia Airlines' low-fare subsidiary, Firefly.

However, he did not say when the projects would start.

The state government and several groups, especially those representing Perak tourism and manufacturing sectors, have been clamouring for the airport to be upgraded to enable it to accommodate bigger aircraft.

The Transport Ministry has previously suggested that the airport be used as a hub for low-cost carriers for the northern region and Asia.

The Perak government has also indicated its willingness to fork out RM40 million to upgrade the airport if there were guarantees that the facility would be used for domestic and international flights.

On the proposed commuter train between Ipoh and Penang, Abdullah said the service was needed in line with the rapid growth seen in Perak and the northern region comprising places like Penang, Seberang Perai and Sungai Petani in Kedah.

He said the commuter service would address traffic congestion and facilitate the movement of people between the states involved.

In his speech, Abdullah urged the people to keep tabs on goings-on in their respective families as this was necessary towards ensuring the well-being of the society.

During his brief visit to the state accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, the prime minister opened an exposition to commemorate the country's 50th independence anniversary, Visit Malaysia 2007 and 100th anniversary of Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Indera Mulia Stadium here.

Abdullah and Jeanne, who married recently, were also feted by the wives of state elected representatives at Perak Menteri Besar's official residence where the couple was presented with a cake.

-- BERNAMA
 

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to me, double tracking is most important

Work on KL-Ipoh commuter train service may begin next year

By MANJIT KAUR

KUALA LUMPUR: If all negotiations go well, works on the commuter train service between Ipoh and Penang will start early next year. .
Wow...how did the editor miss this?


Abdullah had said that the train service could be expanded later to other northern destinations like Sungai Petani.
Regional train service, not Komuter.

Komuter Utara and Komuter Selatan...why not...but then what would they name the existing Klang Valley and Environs Komuter Service?

Hmmm....Komuter Utara would service mostly Prai. I dont think you could count on Komuter service down to Ipoh but a regional train? Sure....

And Komuter Selatan? JB and Senai connected? Why not? After all, they already have a station called JB Sentral.

Hmmm..but what to call the station at Butterworth? Butterworth Sentral? Penang Sentral? Prai Sentral? PP (for Pulau Pinang) Sentral?

All in all, good thinking and a promising future for rail transit...but I have two wishes...

First, I want people to realize that the double-tracking is the big deal and the electrification is a minor thing...double-tracking is huge! So, double tracking to Ipoh means alot more to me than electrification....

Notice that KTM Komuter was able to introduce the shuttle service to Rasa? I was worried that an extension would mean disruptions on the Rawang-Seremban route but it didnt happen. So there is some good thinking going on.

Similarly, consider the planned rail service to Port Dickson...it doesnt necessarily need electrification to be effective...just get the double tracking there....

Do we need to have electric commuter trains between Prai and Ipoh? Between Ipoh and KL? Not as much as we need double tracking...so the regular KTM service...can become reliable....then we can start focusing on better regional rail and komuter rail services....

In fact, why not double track the entire country and worry about the electrification later?

Oh, yeah, my second wish is that the reporters would get the details straight...

Cheers, m
 

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MB: Money for extending Ipoh runway may not be used if airport is under used

PENGKALAN HULU (Perak): The state government may not use the RM40mil allocation from the Federal Government to extend the runway of the Sultan Azlan Airport in Ipoh if the airport remains underused.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said there was no point in spending the allocation, which was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during his visit to Ipoh last Friday.

“The extension of the runway should be reciprocated with flights by AirAsia and Firefly to and from the airport.

“There is no meaning (for the runway extension) if there are no flights by Firefly or AirAsia,” he said.

“If the airport is under-utilised, it would be better to use the allocation for other purposes as this is the people’s money,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony for Northgate, a new growth centre located at the Perak- Thailand border near here on Monday.
suprise...suprise...a reverse statement from Malaysian politican....damn funny la this guy...:nuts:
 

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actually the main agenda is to force Air Asia and Firefly to fly into Ipoh so that he can enhance connectivity around the area and Perak state in general...he was disappointed because Air Asia stop flights from JHB, with general election coming, people will ask what he did to Perak in general during his tenure in office. For me he has to accept that Ipoh dont have many appeals to airlines considering there's two international airport in PEN and KUL 2 hours and 3 hours away by car.

And giving the volume of economic importance of Ipoh (say, cargo operation) which clearly doesnt justify the needs for any airlines to operate frequently from Ipoh.

And as usual, politicians use 'social responsiblity' magic words when dealing with this issues.

What can you expect, when you wanna go to KL (SZB), check in at least 45 minutes before flight, 30 minutes journey, where you can actually drive to KL in less than that (140 km/h, straight to the door of your destination)? and for less than the ticket price of taking flights from IPH to SZB....

IPH is too small. Even Alor Star struggle to keep flights.
 

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But I read from newspaper that the Menteri Besar of Perak actually said that if Air Asia or MAS is not going to increase/use the airport... then he rather uses the money on other things which can be beneficial to the citizens... I think that's a very wise thinking he has in mind...
 

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To be frank, we from Ipoh and the surrounding still have doubt whether all the KTMB projects will be implemented on time. Just imagine the rail track from Kuala Lumpur Central - Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur (170 kms) has been long delayed and postponed for more than 10 years. Till today, we are still waiting when the inter rapid train going to commece and start operation.

In fact the project kicked off together with Xining (Qinghai) to Lahsa (Tibet), a distance of 2,000 kms, Chinese Government took about 8 years to complete.

Also few years ago, when Dato Ling Liong Sik was a Transport Minister, he once visited the site and mentioned that the rail track was 80% completed and due to operate next year. But still today, we are waiting eagerly and patiently Same with the extension of Ipoh Airport as well. Dah berapa kali cakap, from one person to another.

So we can may forget about all the new lines, Ipoh - Butterworth - Padang Besar, Seremban - Johor Baru, new lines additional proposed Tampin - Melaka, Ipoh - Lumut, Seremban - Port Dickson, Mentakab - Kuantan - Kuala Terenganu lines.

If we really want to see Dr Mahathir's vision, taking a train leisurely from Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok - Kunming, China, may be another 25 years, base on our KTMB capabilties and current pace.

May be we have to lambat lambat tunggu sampai tua.
 
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