How embarrassing! Malacca monorail stalls again

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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.

Two British tourists being rescued after the Malacca monorail ground to a halt on 1 November 2011 - Photograph: The Star

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.

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Richie Hee
Richie Hee
11 Nov 2011 12.13pm

The monorail is to make Melaka is a city within a them park?

Only Umnoputera can think of such wastage of public fund.

1.6Km – just walk to burn away the calories to prevent obesity!

passion1
passion1
10 Nov 2011 3.34pm

The picture clearly shows that, the rescue was not done professionally.
Why didn’t the fire department made use of the Sky lift? Not everybody can climb down that narrow ladder with ease. To stand on the edge of the train and look down is more than enough to make a person tremble..
Luckily no tourists fell off the ladder.

LBJ
LBJ
10 Nov 2011 11.51am

One more successful project in the self proclaimed developed state. Is this a not shame or what?

Yang
Yang
10 Nov 2011 10.47am

Sorry off topic, to let the reader knows the truth
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/203702

Dragon King
Dragon King
9 Nov 2011 10.58pm

This monorail model is actually suitable for theme park rides. Ali Rustam is trying to safe his face as the original concept and the monorail model which he launched just days before the 2008 GE at the MPM ground in Ayer Keroh is different this present one. The route was suppose to be from Ayer Keroh to the Dataran or Mahkota downtown with 10 stations stops. Each stop was suppose to have a 3 star hotel included in the package with the concessionaire with the land provided by the state. In order for Ali Rustam to keep his word (or… Read more »

BlueSkye
BlueSkye
9 Nov 2011 9.43pm

Will Ali Rustam be held accountable should the so-called ‘small glitch’ cause the lost of human lives in the future? And not taichi the blame to other party? Hmm …

tunglang
tunglang
9 Nov 2011 9.34pm

The 1.6km monorail system, made in China, was built at a cost of RM15.9m. With that amount of Ah Kong’s money (notwithstanding inflation in the next one year), we Kiam Siap Penangites could probably help ourselves (prudently) to build many 1st class museums in Penang like the Street Food Museum, Transport or Beca Museum, Botanic or Rainforest Museum and Hai San & Ghee Hin (not Ghee Hiang) Secret Society Museum. And with many genuine artifacts still available, who need to be like the Merlion desperately recreating from clay, tin or fibreglass. And museums won’t break down for mysterious reasons! Not… Read more »

mmc
mmc
9 Nov 2011 9.30pm

aiyo pls dont embarrass the UMNOputra MB.

In UMNO BOlehland, this is considered thumbs up.

Leithaisor
Leithaisor
9 Nov 2011 7.40pm

According to a Bernama report, the “SPAD discovered that the monorail operator failed to fulfill several key passenger safety aspects.” and “The monorail tyre traction was also not strong enough during the rain.” Amazingly, “Another problem was that the monorail, imported from China, did not come with an operation manual in Bahasa Malaysia or English, which made carrying out repair and maintenance works a challenge.” See; SPAD suspends Malacca monorail service for a month http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/8/nation/20111108131839&sec=nation “Small glitch”, Rustam? How could that monorail have been allowed to run in the first place with the safety complaince not met? Did some influential… Read more »

Yang
Yang
9 Nov 2011 6.00pm

Monorail are never suitable for the city travelling. It is only suitable to be used for short distance such as in Singapore Sentosa or Pulau Jerejak or around certain scenic tourist area.

abc
abc
9 Nov 2011 5.35pm

Anil Netto,
you are right lor…this cannot happen in penang…but why residential projects in batu ferringhi can get approval mah…isnt batu ferringhi tourist zone?..mppp sleeping ah?….cannot see wats happening ah?

Lim BC
Lim BC
9 Nov 2011 4.46pm

Ini adalah satu lagi project Barisan National.

欢喜台歐巴桑
欢喜台歐巴桑
9 Nov 2011 4.24pm

Melaka MB Ali Rustam given so much $ to develop heritage town like cleaning up the river etc. However, typically poor maintenance and many projects will soon be ‘white elephant”.

If Penang is given equal amount to develop fairly; I am confident without leakage and wastages a lot can be done to pull in more big budge travellers from overseas.

tunglang
tunglang
10 Nov 2011 10.01am

Melaka MB Ali Rustam has taken Melaka folks ‘for a ride’.
More ‘thrills’ to come with more Satu Lagi Projek ‘Sederhana’ with +,+,+.

passion1
passion1
10 Nov 2011 1.59pm

WASTAGE is the only best thing the UMNO people knows.
Because they do not work for it, so they have NO feeling when spending it.
Do Malacca need a monorail? Only a short distance of 1.6km, and spent 15.9mil?
While the poor Malays are pushing the nets more than 3 kms up and down the beach, trying to make a day’s catch of ‘geragau’,(small shrimps)for making ‘cincalok’.(preserved shrimps)

passion1
passion1
10 Nov 2011 3.16pm

WASTAGE is the only best thing the UMNO people knows. Because they do not work for it, so they have NO feeling when spending it. Do Malacca need a monorail? Only a short distance of 1.6km, and spent 15.9mil? While the poor Malays are pushing the nets more than 3 kms up and down the beach, trying to make a living by catching ‘geragau’,(small shrimps)for making ‘cincalok’.(preserved shrimps) these ministers throw tax payers’ money on a toy. train. In the picture you can see, how precarious was the rescue being carried out. Not just anybody can climb down that narrow… Read more »

Jasni
Jasni
9 Nov 2011 3.53pm

Another embarrassing thing is Kedai 1Malaysia is selling things more expensive than hypermarket!

charleskiwi
charleskiwi
9 Nov 2011 3.44pm

They should call for a bridge from Malacca to hell !
So that every one will come to Malacca when they want to hell to look for Marine Monroe, if she is there.