This is the third time the (toy?) monorail has been hit by problems since it was launched last October to mark Malacca being accorded “developed state” status.
The Land Public Transport Commission, led by Azhar Ahmad, the former RapidPenang boss, announced at first that services would be suspended for 48 hours. This was later extended to a month.
But that drew a protest from Chief Minister Ali Rustam, who said it was “only a small glitch caused by the air pressure of the sliding doors” (The Star).
Azhar then said “if the operator can meet the requirements in less than 30 days then the monorail will resume operations as normal” (MySinChew).
The 1.6km monorail system, made in China, was built at a cost of RM15.9m.
That’s one good reason for not applying this system in Penang.
In fact, the RM8bn on road infrastructure projects would be better spent on surface rail projects, both trams and LRT.