• Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said Prasarana's decision to suspend operations at 16 stations for seven days since Wednesday was a difficult one, but it had to be taken because there was a risk of train accidents.

PETALING JAYA (Nov 11): A full test will be conducted tomorrow (Nov 12) on the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line to ensure that there will be no disruption to the system, before the service reopens to the public.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the reopening date of the LRT service will depend on the results of testing, which will start on Friday night.

"Tomorrow (Saturday) is a full test day. If everything goes well, a decision will be made by the original equipment manufacturer to guarantee its safe use, following which the Public Land Transport Agency (APAD) will come in to do the final test.

"When APAD finds it is safe as guaranteed by the manufacturer, it will make a decision after obtaining the results of the test. Whatever safety features that must be complied with, and whether the reopening date will be brought forward, will depend on the test results tomorrow," he said at a press conference here today.

Wee said if the service can be restored the next day, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd would need to make an announcement at 6pm to alert the public and be ready.

He said the vehicle control centre and the signaling management centre were identified as the causes of the service disruption.

"These two systems caused the operation control centre to be unable to detect the presence of trains on the screen.

Wee said that after both components were changed, testing was carried out yesterday, involving 37 stations and 24 trains from Gombak to Putra Heights, and the results so far were positive.

He said Prasarana's decision to suspend operations at 16 stations for seven days since Wednesday was a difficult one, but it had to be taken because there was a risk of train accidents.

"I think the decision was right to protect the lives of the people," he said.

Previously, Prasarana announced that operations at 16 LRT stations from Kelana Jaya to Ampang Park would be suspended from Nov 9 to Nov 15, after services were found to be unstable since Nov 5.

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