The Transport Ministry will introduce other train service operators to ensure that the intercity rail transport industry doesn’t remain under the monopoly of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). According to Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the existence of other operators would ensure competitiveness in the industry.

“In the future, KTMB will no longer be a monopoly. We will make this move viable and the rakyat will see that trains are still the cheapest form of transportation,” he told The Star. However, the minister did not provide any names of these rail service operators, nor any specific date when they will be introduced.

During a recent press conference, Liow added that he lauded prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision for KTMB to discount its Komuter fares for school pupils and university students aged seven to 18. Do you agree with the Transport Ministry’s decision to introduce other train service operators into the industry? Let us know what you think in the comments below.