1. Article: One passenger killed, six seriously injured in bus-lorry crash (Malay Mail, 20 March 2011) – A passenger was killed while six others were seriously injured when their bus was involved in an accident with two lorries at Km341.9 North South Expressway early today. This article, Injured man in bus crash killed while rescuing passengers (The Star) has more details as well as some disturbing photos.
Sahad @ Shariff Md Din was earlier travelling with his family and other passengers when the bus they were in crashed into a lorry.
The 74-year-old who was helping the injured victims was flung into a ravine and killed when the stalled bus got hit a second time at KM341.9 of the North-South Expressway near Bidor by a container lorry.
2. Article: All set to soar uphill Handover of refurbished funicular train today (Star Metro North, 19 March 2011) – An update on the handover of the refurbished Penang Hill Railway to the Penang Hill Corporation. It is expected that the service will restart in April 2011.
3. Article: Promote pedestrian malls as tourism products (The Star, 21 March 2011) – Suggestions to use pedestrian malls to promote tourism in Perak.
4. Article: Perak Govt meeting contractor to get project back on track (The Star, 24 March 2011) – The Perak Govt will meet the contractor of the Electrification & Double Tracking project from Ipoh to Padang Besar to see if they can get the project back on track (pardon the pun). This was in response to a statement from the Minister of Transport that the EDT project might be delayed by up to 1 year, until late 2014.
[TRANSIT: For those who are interested, a table showing station facilities along the expansion route is available here.]
6. Letter: Adding buses is a more flexible solution (The Star, 25 march 2011) – S.K. Lim of Petaling Jaya questions the projected billions to be spent on MRT and wonders if improving the bus system would be a better & more flexible solution.
7. Hotline Story: Prasarana clarifies leak in LRT train (Malay Mail, 23 March 2011) – Prasarana again responds to the question of a possible leak on a train of the Kelana Jaya Line. [TRANSIT: We still think that the ‘leak’ was probably condensation along the air conditioning vents inside the train, but it is still up to Prasarana to examine all possibilities before ruling anything out.]