Prasarana Seeks RM38 Million Compensation for LRT Disruptions Due to Hotel Project


In a decisive move to address the disruption of Light Rail Transit (LRT) operations between the Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations in Kuala Lumpur, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd is set to take legal action against the developer and site owner of a hotel project deemed responsible for the issue. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook revealed that the lawsuit aims to seek compensation totaling RM38 million, covering both the cost of structural repairs and the operational expenses incurred from implementing contingency measures, such as the deployment of shuttle buses.

Highlighting the decision to delay legal proceedings until after the completion of all necessary repair work, Loke emphasized the government’s priority to minimize service interruptions and inconvenience to LRT users. He noted the significant impact of the disruptions, pointing out that the affected stations had been out of service for over a year since February 27, 2023. Repair efforts, initiated in March of the same year, concluded successfully in December, followed by comprehensive safety tests and compliance checks before resuming full operations.

The future of the hotel project remains uncertain, with Kuala Lumpur City Hall holding the authority to decide its fate. Loke expressed hope for the imposition of stricter conditions should the project proceed, to prevent similar incidents from occurring. He also called for greater involvement of Prasarana and the Land Public Transport Agency in the approval process for nearby construction projects, recommending that they be consulted for developments within a 250-meter radius of public transport stations.


Additionally, Loke addressed concerns raised by the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) regarding wage issues faced by p-hailing riders. He confirmed that the ministry would investigate the matter and engage in discussions with other relevant ministries, as well as request an explanation from Grab, the leading ride-hailing service provider.

This legal action by Prasarana and the government’s response to the LRT disruptions underscore a commitment to maintaining reliable public transport services and safeguarding the interests of commuters and workers alike.

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