In­te­rior folk wel­come Tenom rail­way up­grade

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TENOM: For­mer Me­lalap state con­stituency can­di­date in the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE13), Roger Stimin wel­comed the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment's move to ap­prove the al­lo­ca­tion of a RM101 mil­lion project to up­grade the rail­way from Halogi­lat-Beau­fort to Tenom.

“This is good news for the res­i­dents of Tenom, Kemabong and other dis­tricts in the in­te­rior as it will have a good im­pact on rais­ing the ar­rival of do­mes­tic and for­eign tourists to these dis­tricts,” he told re­porters here Fri­day.

He said it was time for the gov­ern­ment to re­al­ize their in­ten­tion to up­grade the train ser­vices in­clud­ing the rail­way that they had promised to the peo­ple here in the re­cent elec­tion which had not yet ma­te­ri­alised.

Roger was com­ment­ing on the state­ment of Deputy Chief Min­is­ter and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan in news­pa­pers re­cently that the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment had ap­proved an al­lo­ca­tion of RM101 mil­lion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of three projects re­lated to the train ser­vice in the state com­pris­ing the pur­chase of three new Diesel Multi-Pur­pose Units (DMUs).

Roger learnt that a cou­ple of weeks ago there was a short­age as the new train ma­chin­ery had dam­aged its en­gines while trav­el­ing from Halogi­lat to Beau­fort.

Apart from that, he said the train had also ex­pe­ri­enced some tech­ni­cal prob­lems when slip­ping from the run­way in the area be­tween Rayoh and Pangi, and this would also stave off the gov­ern­ment's ef­forts to pro­mote the new train as the user's choice.

“If the gov­ern­ment could mod­ern­ize the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in Kuala Lumpur with the spend­ing of bil­lions of Ring­git Malaysia (RM) for the Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Tran­sit (BRT) for pub­lic con­ve­nience, why can't it be done in Sabah?” Roger asked.

Mean­while, the men­tor of the Tenom Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce (TCCC) Kap­i­tan Wong said res­i­dents in the in­te­rior also agreed that the huge al­lo­ca­tion chan­neled by the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to up­grade the ser­vice was long-awaited.

He said Pairin's an­nounce­ment of this was quite a co­in­ci­dence be­cause al­though many had opted to use the road to Kota Kin­a­balu, the rail­way ser­vice would become the pre­ferred choice af­ter it was up­graded.

“The in­te­rior peo­ple have been long­ing to have a faster, bet­ter, punc­tual and con­sis­tent rail ser­vice trans­porta­tion for the last three decades. Ever since the road was built be­tween Tenom to Kota Kin­a­balu, I and my fam­ily have never trav­elled by train to KK.

“I re­ally hope that the project can be re­al­ized soon and be car­ried out with proper su­per­vi­sion be­cause this is the only rail­road on the Bor­neo Island which not only plays a role in the tourism in­dus­try but can also ben­e­fit the lo­cals.”

Wong said that rail­way is the cheapest means of trans­port and most con­ve­nient if it is well man­aged. He hopes in the near fu­ture that he and his friends could take the train as an al­ter­na­tive means of trav­el­ing af­ter the com­ple­tion of the up­grade work.



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