Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Ex-MOT officer: LRT accident not caused by just one guy pressing a wrong button

Ex-MOT officer: LRT accident not caused by just one guy pressing a wrong button

How could two light rail transit trains coming from opposite directions be travelling on the same track?

This was among several questions which a former Transport Ministry officer said that many industry players are asking now but are too afraid to speak out because of how close-knit nature of the rail industry.

Chung Yi Fan, a former special functions officer to then transport minister Anthony Loke, said many in the industry are suspecting systemic or organisational failure as the root cause.

"Everyone knows each other. They don't want to be harsh critics or they might ruffle feathers and lose some potential jobs in the future," said Chung on his Facebook page.

"So let me be the not-so-nice guy here to put out a few questions that almost everyone in the industry has in our minds."

Among others, Chung asked why a four-car train set was driven in manual mode and undergoing testing at 8pm last night.

He also wanted to know if the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system had malfunctioned or whether it was manually disabled.

But most importantly, Chung said the public should be told what happened to the signalling and interlocking systems which would have never allowed trains coming from opposite directions to be on the same track.

"There are many many more questions. Incidents of such magnitude can only happen because of multiple errors and oversight. A series of wrongdoings, not just one guy pressing a wrong button," said Chung.

"Investigations must not rule out the possibility of an underlying systemic issue or organisational failure or both."

Details of the LRT accident last night are scant although has been established that it involved two train sets along the busy Kelana Jaya line.

According to Dang Wangi district police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah, preliminary investigations suggested that one train set was undergoing testing and was driven manually on the wrong track while the other which carried 232 passengers was driven autonomously.

The accident has resulted in 47 hospitalisations.

The Kelana Jaya LRT line began operations in 1998. It's trains by Canadian firm Bombardier are fully automated while the signalling system is by French firm Thales.

This is believed to be the first head-on collision involving two LRT train sets in the country.


  1. The Transport Minister needs to fall on his sword.

    Then again, I may be biased against him.... wakakakaka.. nevertheless heads need to roll.

  2. Caused by somebody need to go Jamban?

  3. Prasarana is 100% owned by MOF Inc. MOF oso responsible.

  4. All manual train movements should be done after hours, when service has stopped. Why endanger lives and do it while people are rushing doing last minute things just before MCO 3.0?

  5. Always the case - when bad thing happened fingers r pointing everywhere.

    When good thing happened, self praise never stops.

  6. This crash occurred at estimated 30 km/h, not very high speed, yet it caused severe injuries, because , unlike passenger cars, the possibility of crash injuries was never considered in the interior design. Hard metal and sharp corners inside.

    Imagine if this was high-speed rail at 200 km/h.

    1. So mfer, this is a very good excuse for u to f*ck the HSR!