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KTM Update: Another restructuring for KTMB promises to accomplish what earlier restructuring(s) did not

TRANSIT took note of this article which describes plans for another corporate restructuring at KTMB.

It is sad that the Malayan Railway has still not managed to figure out whether it is supposed to be a government agency, corporate entity, or something in between.

TRANSIT remembers earlier corporate restructurings that have happened for KTMB. Well, at least they were started but then they got stalled either because of a lack of government support, an unclear vision, or resistance from workers (among other reasons).

The corporatization of KTM began nearly 2 decades ago but it was never finished. A lack of government funding and deferred maintenance since the corporatization has helped bring KTMB to its knees.

Recently one President of KTMB started an RM1 campaign, promising to take KTMB back to profitability. That campaign died aborning, when the president was quickly replaced (it might have had something to do with his “hybrid” trains).

The most recent KTMB President has talked about restructuring KTMB into a holding company, with various railway service subsidiaries (freight, Komuter, ETS, power systems, maintenance, terminal management, etc). and selling track warrants to other companies interested in providing railway services. He believes that this model will be successful because it has worked in Europe – despite the fact that it has not worked in many European countries and that Malaysia lacks the density that makes railway travel profitable.

We wonder what this latest restructuring will bring for KTMB but we wish to share one important point – KTMB needs to have a clear vision of the kind of transport service provider that it needs to be over the next 10-20 years.

Without that clear vision, this latest restructuring will be as effective as the last ones.

Railway revamp (Star Biz)

Thursday October 27, 2011

PETALING JAYA: KTM Bhd (KTMB) will undergo a two-year corporate restructuring programme to turn around the ailing national rail operator and a consultant will be hired to manage this, according to the Treasury, in its reply to the Auditor-General’s (A-G) report.

The A-G’s report had stated that KTMB posted a loss of RM92.6mil in 2009 compared with RM84.6mil loss in the previous year.

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So CVLB left a mess behind for SPAD. Should we act surprised? (Update #1)

IMPORTANT: If you are a commercial vehicle permit owner, you need to re-register your permit with the Land Public Transport Commission before 1 September 2011. See the relevant information here (from the SPAD website) or scroll down to the bottom of this post!

Update: Responses from TRANSIT and SPAD on the issue of the re-registration exercise have been published. Scroll down to the end for more information!

TRANSIT took note of this very interesting article in the Malay Mail, detailing some of the challenges faced by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) upon taking over from the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board since 1 January 2011.

CVLB was created by the CVLB Act 1987. Between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 2010 CVLB had the exclusive authority for road-based commercial transport (freight, public transport and commercial vehicles) in Malaysia – with the exception of Tourism vehicles (which were under the Tourism Ministry). Today, the CVLB is only responsible for Sabah & Sarawak.

SPAD, as you know, was “created” by the SPAD Act (Gazetted 1 June 2010), became an “official” government agency on 1 September 2010 and gained full authority over land public transport in Peninsular Malaysia on 1 January 2011.

Messy legacy: Land transport supremo ‘inherits’ problem-ridden CVLB (Malay Mail)
Shahrim Tamrin
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: In a move to establish a comprehensive database for commercial vehicles and operators, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will face a daunting task with its re-registration exercise for transport operators.

They now have to start from scratch to build up its database of 87,705 operators managing more than 350,000 commercial vehicles, mostly due to poor record-keeping and management practices by the former Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB).

Sources claimed commission officers, who took over the licensing board on Jan 31, were shocked when they discovered the state of the record-keeping.

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Public transport planning in Johor moving ahead

TRANSIT took note of this article which mentions the plan to build an integrated transport hub in Bandar Seri Alam, Johor, which would include commuter rail, feeder bus and taxi services.

The commuter rail will connect residents of the Eastern Gate of the Iskandar Development Region with JB via the new Kempas Sentral railway hub at Kempas Baru, which is described as being several times bigger than KL Sentral.

New transport hub in Johor (The Star)
Friday March 18, 2011

PASIR GUDANG: An integrated transportation hub would be built in Bandar Seri Alam township here to serve residents in the Eastern Gate Development Zone.