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Failure of door close confirmation unit led to LRT's 'open door' incident, says Wee

PUTRAJAYA (July 28): Early findings of the "open door" incident of an LRT Kelana Jaya Line train on Monday indicate that it resulted from a door close confirmation unit (DCCU) that failed to operate normally, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pictured).

However, he said it was too early to ascertain the actual cause of the DCCU’s failure as the investigation might lead to other conclusions related to maintenance or adherence to the train operations' standard operating procedures (SOPs) when addressing technical issues.

Wee in a statement today said the Ministry of Transport (MoT) views seriously the incident in which a door inadvertently remained open on the Kelana Jaya LRT Tr44 train while in transit at about 3pm on Monday from the Ara Damansara LRT Station towards the Lembah Subang Station, with seven passengers on board.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Wee said the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) had taken immediate action by directing Rapid Rail as the train operator to conduct a detailed investigation into the incident and submit train 44’s maintenance reports before the incident to the APAD.

The APAD instructed Rapid Rail to submit a preliminary incident report within seven days or before Aug 2 and a full investigative report with supporting documents within 21 days or by Aug 16.

The APAD will also open an investigation paper on the incident under the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715), Wee said.

"It is regrettable that this incident occurred, and the ministry and APAD will not tolerate any element of neglect," the minister said, adding that any person who fails to comply with the safety requirements is liable to legal action.

Wee said Rapid Rail had also been instructed to undertake short and long-term measures to ensure such an incident would not recur in any of its train operations.

Further action on the licensed operator of the rail service involved in the incident would be decided based on the examination of the complete report on the incident, Wee added.

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