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To further diminish concerns over the safety of the Kelana Jaya LRT service, CEO of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal, has told The Star that findings by the special committee over the recent brake-related incidents will be disclosed to the public.

The information will be published as soon as sufficient material has been gathered, he affirmed. With that said, the committee, comprised of “experts from SPAD, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd and the train’s manufacturer”, was still in the midst of assembling the required key personnel to undertake investigations.

“It’s too soon to say when the investigation will be completed, but we regard this as a matter of urgency,” said Mohd Nur. His response comes in the wake of calls for findings over the two incidents to be made public. Not too long ago, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), urged the relevant authorities to disclose important details to the public as soon as possible.

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“SPAD and Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, as well as the train manufacturer, must give serious attention to these incidents as it is a matter of public interest,” he added. Lee went on to state that conclusions drawn up from the report “should be revealed in accordance with the principle of accountability and transparency.”

On July 22, a Gombak-bound Kelana Jaya LRT train seized operations at Setiawangsa station due to faulty brakes while a second incident later that day saw another Gombak-bound train halted at Universiti station – the latter train caught fire. Thankfully, no one was injured as all 53 passengers aboard the second train had been evacuated to a rescue train prior to the fire.