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Toyota bZ4X Is Coming To Malaysia In Q3 2022?

UMW Toyota Motor (Toyota Malaysia) might be throwing us one heck of a curve ball by launching the Toyota bZ4X here in the country sooner than everyone thinks.

What we initially thought about Toyota’s first purpose-built EV model and its possible entry into the Malaysian market around 2023, gossip around the Coway water dispensing machine suggests that UMW Toyota might launch it here in Q3 of this year.

Toyota bZ4X Q3 launch in Malaysia?

The closest geographical location we’ve seen the Toyota bZ4X being previewed was Thailand. That was back in March 2022 when it made its first ASEAN appearance at the 2022 Bangkok Motor Show.

That, however, was only a preview, and the Thai media reported that it’ll be available on the showroom floors by the end of 2022. During that time, it was only logical to think that the Toyota EV will reach Malaysia sometime next year.

But the same model to launch in two different SEA countries at the same time? Now, that’s an interesting marketing strategy but still talks in the grapevine at this stage and time. Should be an ‘electrifying’ occasion if this happens to be true, eh? One can only dream (for now).

Here’s a quick rundown on the Toyota bZ4X and its EV specs

Based on Toyota’s latest e-TNGA platform
71kWh battery pack with DC charging support of up to 150kW
Two variants (FWD and AWD)
FWD model 204PS & 265Nm, AWD model 217PS & 336Nm
EV range from 460km to 500km (WLTP cycle) + more


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DBKL Assembles Special Task Force To Help Reduce Traffic Congestion

DBKL(Kuala Lumpur City Hall) has assembled a special task force in the hopes that they can help reduce the worsening traffic congestion in the capital. Avengers assemble! 

Chaired by Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, the special team will oversee and study the traffic flow in Kuala Lumpur.

The team under DBKL would start immediately and also work with the police to disperse traffic on major roads during peak hours.

According to The Star, task force personnel would be mobilised to 85 traffic hotspots to regulate traffic in the morning and evening.

“A total of 72 locations will be monitored by the police while DBKL officers will man another 13.”

“These include the morning and evening sessions, namely from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm, daily,” said Jalaluddin.

The task force was set up as a response to an outcry by urban dwellers who are frustrated over the current congestion problems around the Klang Valley.

Long-term measures to tackle congestion

Jalaluddin said the task force has proposed long-term measures to tackle congestion in the capital. The proposal included expanding public transport networks, as well as encouraging their use among the public.

“It also involves the re-enforcement of bus lanes and a need to integrate between the different highway concessionaires to ensure better traffic dispersal.

“Another proposal being considered is to build more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure such as underpasses and underground tunnels,” said the deputy minister.

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The All-New 2023 Peugeot 408 Is Anything But Boring

Peugeot has taken the wraps off their all-new 408 and in a surprising turn, isn’t at all like its predecessors, adopting high-riding ‘fastback crossover’ format instead of being a 4-door sedan version of the 308 hatchback.

Still, it’s worth noting that a China-specific Peugeot 408 (sedan) exists for that one market, meaning the this ‘global’ 408 will be sold as the 408X when it makes its eventual debut there. Not that we, in other countries, need to worry about that.

With its radically angular bodywork, the car looks more like it rolled onto a motor show booth as a concept car instead of being a production-ready product (I mean just look at those wheels!), but Peugeot says this 3rd-generation 408 will be ready for customer hands some time in 2023, presumably unchanged from what is shown here.

Like the newest 308 and 508, PSA’s (now Stellantis) EMP2 platform forms the 408’s structural basis. And in terms of silhouette and physical dimensions, there’s plenty of parallels to draw from the Citroen C5 X which was unveiled back in mid-April.

Starting at the nose we find that characteristic front end treatment shared with other current-generation Peugeots with its geometric pattern grille matching its body colour, slim headlights with matrix LED illuminators and an almost vertical pair of LED daytime running lights at the far corners that almost resemble the fangs of a Sabre-Toothed Tiger – fitting given Peugeot’s chosen….mascot.

Along the sides there’s some interesting metal surfacing at play to catch the light and here we also see the typical dark grey/black cladding that automakers seem compelled to slap onto their crossovers and SUVs for no real reason.

As the format dictates, the 408 is also now higher off the ground than the 308 on which it’s based but measures 4,687mm from nose to tail, 1,478mm at its highest point, and sporting a generous wheelbase of 2,787mm which should make for a more spacious cabin to compensate for that more sweeping roofline.

Speaking of that interior, this is where the DNA transfer from the 308 is most evident. At first glance, there’s nothing really different, offering the same ergonomic layout and material spread of other present-day Peugeots. There’s the i-Cockpit dashboard treatment as well with its novel undersized steering wheel and perched digital displays/controls (an LCD gauge cluster and central touchscreen infotainment panel), leaving just a handful of physical buttons to toggle.

Not much has been detailed as yet of the 308’s selection of powertrains but we can expect carry overs from existing models. So far, Peugeot has confirmed the use of a turbocharged petrol engines with or without a plug-in hybrid component, kicking off with the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Puretech unit from the 2008, producing 130PS and 230Nm.

From what has been revealed so far, the PHEV options will utilise the brand’s larger 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engines with an electric motor powering the rear axle for up to 225PS and 360Nm of combined output from a 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery. All variants should receive an 8-speed automatic transmission sourced from Aisin, dubbed the EAT8.

Like a lot of PHEVs on the road right now, the part-electric Peugeot 408 will be capable of AC charging via a Type 2 connector but at a slower rate of 3.7kW thanks to its less-than-beefy onboard charge converter. A cost-optional 7.4kW unit can be specified which reduces charge time from about nearly 4 hours to about 100 minutes through a 32-amp wallbox.

At some stage, we expect Peugeot to also bring out a fully electric version of the 408 as they have done with the 308, 208, and 2008 (called the e-308, e-208, and e-2008….you get the idea). Can’t wait until our new Peugeot local distributors bring this one in!

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DBKL Bans Street Parking, Roadside Vendors During Peak Hour To Ease Congestion

DBKL bans curb-side parking and vendor operations on road shoulders during rush hour.

The special traffic task force for Kuala Lumpur is wasting no time in trying to alleviate the current traffic congestion problem facing the capital.

The first move was to ban big lorries from entering KL during peak hours and the next move, it seems, is to ban curbside parking and vendors on road shoulders during rush hour.

Chaired by Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, the task force is putting the bans in place as short-term measures to ease congestion in the city.

Not only has the task force banned curbside parking during morning and evening rush hour (6.30 am – 9.30 am and 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm), but they will also look into cancelling street parking lots on main roads in stages. The task force has not mentioned the coverage area, so we shall have to wait and see how widespread these bans are.

Regarding the ban of vendors on road shoulders during rush hours, the idea is to stop people from parking their cars next to the road shoulders as they cause congestion when purchasing items from vendors. DBKL will also be cancelling vendor lots in stages, especially on the sides of main roads. 

Another measure set to be put in place is the enforcement of yellow box offences at junctions, as many motorists shamelessly sit in the yellow box and block traffic from all other directions just so that they can beat the traffic lights. 

At the moment, there are five proposed long-term actions, including the improvement of public transport to encourage the use of public transportation, improvement of first and last-mile connectivity, better integration between highway operators and traffic management, the improvement of support infrastructures such as underpass and covered walkways, and the re-activation of bus lanes in the city.

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All Toll Lanes Will Have All Payment Types

The proposal to incorporate all payment types/ technologies in all toll lanes aims to reduce traffic congestion around the city.

There’s a sentiment that one of the significant causes of congestion in the Klang Valley is the abundant amount of toll plazas around the urban conglomeration.

Incorporate all payment types at all toll lanes

It seems that the Federal Territories Ministry agrees with this opinion, which is why they have asked the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to incorporate all payment types at all toll lanes so that all motorists can use any lane at the toll plazas.

According to The Star, Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias has come out and said that the proposal to incorporate all technologies in all lanes aims to reduce traffic congestion in the city, especially during peak hours.

“Often when approaching a toll plaza, motorists have to change course towards the lane designated for their preferred payment method.”

“For example, an RFID user must pivot to the designated lane, and most times, only one lane is provided.”

“This causes congestion as motorists tend to jostle for space to pay for toll,” he said.

“An alternative method must be identified so that vehicles can pass through the plazas faster during peak commute times,” said the deputy minister after launching the traffic task force for Kuala Lumpur recently.

He also said he would discuss this matter with the Transport Ministry after hearing feedback from LLM.

Bus lanes in Kuala Lumpur to be re-activated?

To improve traffic conditions immediately, DBKL will remove all roadside parking and traders in stages. Members of the task force would also be mobilised to 85 traffic hotspots to regulate traffic on major roads during peak hours.

Jalaluddin said that DBKL is also studying several measures to tackle the problem for the long term, which may include reactivating bus lanes in Kuala Lumpur as well as integrating them between different highway concessionaires. 

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Best Used Second Car Under RM100,000 – What’s Good to Buy?

Usually, sometime around after lunch, we tend to crawl around the listings in search of a potential future car. Is there anything good or great as a second car under RM100,000?

The short answer is yes, but since there are so many choices, you simply have to narrow it down to what you want the new car for. How about a good second car for the household? Well, that narrows it down a bit, but here are just some great findings that we’ve managed to gather.

2010 Toyota Vellfire 2.4 Z Platinum – RM89,900

A Toyota Vellfire seems like a no-brainer when it comes to ferrying a crowd of more than five, or you simply want something that’s able to take the beatings of daily driving with good levels of comfort.

It might be a dull choice for some, but it’s hard to deny that even this 2010 model still looks great enough to be relevant on today’s roads. Plus all those extras like 18-inch ‘sport’ rims, body kit, and reasonably decent interior for a 12-year-old car, certainly make this seven-seater worth a look.

2017 Honda HR-V 1.8 V – RM80,100

If an SUV is more to your taste, this fine-looking Honda HR-V (and Carsome Certified) might be the one for you. Great brand, good looks, and great interior space for a family of five (or less) – a great choice with also good comfort and driveability for short stints and longer drives.

It’s a solid choice and we can’t help but adore that Grey exterior colour with those blacked-out 17-inch wheels. The missus wouldn’t mind driving it, and we’re confident that you would have very little to complain about even if you bring it to one of our CarTell events or drives.

2018 Subaru XV (A) 2.0 P –  RM94,000

Here’s another Carsome Certified choice for you – a 2018 Subaru XV. A very sporty-looking SUV that can handle the outdoors? If you and your kids love camping (or glamping if you’re a bit ‘atas’), a Subaru won’t look or feel out of place.

The SV even thrives in urban conditions which makes it another solid choice for a car that is considered by many as a great all-rounder. A modern-day SUV with Subaru’s ‘boxer spirit’? Yeah, it has no turbo, but a 2.0 NA boxer is still a bulletproof choice, yes?

2018 Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak – RM99,000

Whether it’s a lifestyle choice or used for more utilitarian purposes, a pickup truck like this 2018 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is always useful in a lot of different situations. Let’s face facts, there have been multiple occasions in your life that you felt that “Hey, a pickup truck would be nice right about now, kan?”

This fine example has very decent mileage, is fully optioned, and looks ‘outstanding’ for its price. We also love its 3.2-litre turbo-diesel combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. We wouldn’t mind driving this through the many minor floods in and out of Kuala Lumpur (but we pray we don’t have to).

2018 Nissan X-Trail 2.5 4WD – RM80,800

A low-key Japanese SUV that you wouldn’t mind trashing around during those mundane daily driving routines would be this Nissan X-Trail. It’s been a popular choice since its arrival here in Malaysia, and there are many reasons why if you ask around.

Sure, that silver exterior colour might be a bit boring, but its 2.5-litre + 7-speed auto makes up for that minor setback. Plus, there are two seats extra if you’re not planning to carry a lot of cargo at the back. Perfect for the little ones.

2021 Honda BR-V 1.5 V – RM86,100

Here’s quite a new example of a Carsome Certified model – a 2021 Honda BR-V. A no-frills and worry-free crossover SUV that’s super easy to live with on a daily basis, and wouldn’t present any issues when travelling with the family for that ‘balik kampung’ Raya holiday.

My father-in-law has a Honda BR-V similar to this one, and it has been a pleasant ownership experience so far. Good mileage, decent space even in the third row, and basically nothing to worry about as long as you get it serviced at the right time. A good upgrade if you’re planning to expand the family.

2017 BMW 330e F30 – RM98,800

Are you a boss man looking for a boss car but don’t want to pay boss prices? This 2017 BMW 330e will indeed help you maintain that ‘baller boss’ look without breaking the bank too much.

By the looks of things, this beauty looks great on the outside and fully stacked on the inside. Total power output from its PHEV powertrain is 252hp and 420Nm of torque, and its all-electric driving range sits at 35km. If you’re a serial charger, you can save a lot of money on petrol, yo. Save that money for maintenance services, because it is a BMW after all.

2018 Peugeot 3008 1.6 Allure – RM96,800

The Peugeot 3008 was a surprise to most of us when it comes to overall comfort and driving dynamics. While it’s been tuned for more urban excursions, the second-row seat spacing was quite comfortable even with three full-sized adults. If you have three kids? They would love it even more (or at least won’t fight for space like kids always do).

Apart from looking sexy for an SUV, the Peugeot 3008 also has decent performance thanks to its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A good French alternative that everyone in the family can enjoy and drive around for all occasions.

2018 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 – RM88,800

Here’s an uncle’s car that doesn’t feel like an uncle’s car when you’re behind the wheel. Personally, I adore the Volkswagen Passat for a number of reasons, but mostly because of its ability to drive the family comfortably and drive swiftly when the morning alarm clock is put on ‘snooze’ and we doze off yet again.

For RM88k, it’s a no-brainer for some folks. For us, we would probably spend a bit more on wrapping it in a different colour and change up the wheels to something that’s less uncle-ish. The rest of the car? Try it out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Is Gojek Finally Coming To Malaysia?

There are many e-hailing companies here in Malaysia, but none of them can rival the e-hailing giant that is Grab. But Gojek? Now, that’s an interesting competition.

Indonesia’s top e-hailing company was recently spotted in the heart of Kuala Lumpur doing some kind of video shoot. Although its services are not yet available in the country, this could indicate that Gojek might just step into Malaysia’s e-hailing segment soon.

*Image credit: The Vocket

The black Honda City with the Gojek logo on the side can also mean that Grab might finally have a worthy competitor within the market in the near future. This also means that in order to stay competitive, Malaysians might just enjoy better e-hailing services at lower prices (hopefully).

There are currently 33 e-hailing registered operations that are registered with the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), but Gojek is not one of them (yet). They did, however, try to enter the market back in 2020 with plans to introduce motorcycle e-hailing services, but thanks to COVID-19 and the Government’s indecisiveness back then, it never materialised.

*Image credit: The Vocket

Gojek, Indonesia’s first unicorn company, has been making waves since it was first established in 2009. It was in 2015 when it launched its app that provided multiple e-hailing services (just like Grab today) and is valued at US$10 billion.

Its latest merger with Indonesia’s tech giant, Tokopedia, led to the birth of GoTo – the country’s largest merger between two of its most valuable startups. With a multitude of financial backings, Gojek (or GoTo) might just be able to bring the fight to Grab unlike any other e-hailing companies are able to do today. Interesting? It certainly is.

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Spesifikasi Rasmi Perodua Alza 2022 Didedahkan – RM62,000 hingga RM75,000

Perodua secara rasminya telah mengeluarkan harga tentatif, spesifikasi serta warna yang bakal ditawarkan pada Perodua Alza 2022 yang bakal dilancarkan tidak lama lagi.

Menurut Perodua, mereka mengambil masa dalam merekabentuk model baharu ini kerana mereka benar-benar ingin memahami kehendak para pelanggan mereka dan Perodua Alza Baharu 2022 telah disasarkan untuk memenuhi permintaan itu.

Harga Tentatif Perodua Alza 2022

Harga tentatif bagi Perodua Alza 2022 (D74A) telah dikongsi oleh Perodua dan syarikat itu juga telah mengesahkan bahawa MPV baharu mereka itu juga bakal mengekalkan namanya sebagai Perodua Alza.

Walaupun sebelum ini terdapat khabar angin bahawa Perodua bakal menggunakan nama baharu bagi MPV yang bakal menggantikan Alza sedia ada, namun memo tersebut telah mengesahkan bahawa nama terkemuka MPV tersebut akan dikekalkan susulan mempunyai pengaruh yang kuat di dalam pasaran.

Harga tentatif yang disyorkan bagi Perodua Alza 2022:

1.5 X CVT – RM62,000
1.5 H CVT – RM68,000
1.5 AV CVT – RM75,000

Harga yang dinyatakan ini merupakan harga di atas jalan (OTR) tanpa insurans bagi Semenanjung Malaysia. Walau bagaimanapun, Perodua mengatakan bahawa harga sebenar hanya akan didedahkan semasa pelancarannya nanti.

Tempahan Dibuka

Tempahan bagi Perodua Alza 2022 ini juga telah dibuka secara rasminya bermula hari ini, sementara penghantaran akan dibuat setelah pelancaran rasminya. Waktu menunggu bagi model ini pula dijangkakan dalam satu ke dua bulan, mengikut varian serta warna yang ditempah.

Perodua turut telah mengesahkan pelanggan yang membuat tempahan kenderaan sebelum 1 Julai 2022 akan menerima pengecualian SST asalkan kenderaan itu di daftarkan sebelum 31 Mac 2023.


Tersedia dalam tiga varian, X, H dan AV,  Perodua Alza Baharu didatangkan dalam 5 warna:

Ivory White
Glittering Silver
Garnet Red
Elegant Black (BAHARU)
Vintage Brown (BAHARU)

Pengalaman Pemanduan Lebih Baik

Menurut Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Perodua Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad, mereka mengambil masa untuk menghasilkan model ini bagi memberikan pengalaman pemanduan yang lebih baik dengan menambahbaik Ground Clearance Perodua Alza 2022 kepada 160mm. Menurut penilaian Perodua, ianya adalah ketinggian terbaik untuk pemanduan Malaysia yang menyenangkan untuk sebuah MPV.

Selain itu, Perodua Alza Baharu mempunyai ruang yang lebih besar berbanding pendahulunya, terutama sekali di barisan ketiga ruangan kenderaan serta unit penyaman udara bahagian belakang.

Selain itu, potensi kecekapan bahan api Perodua Alza Baharu juga telah dipertingkatkan sehingga 22km seliter, yang juga antara yang terbaik dalam kelasnya (MPV).

Untuk ruang penyimpanan, Perodua Alza Baharu mempunyai kapasiti bagasi sebanyak 137 liter, dan 498 liter jika tempat duduk barisan ketiga dilipatkan.

Ciri Keselamatan

Dari segi keselamatan, varian AV didatangkan dengan 6 beg udara, manakala varian X dan H didatangkan dengan 4 beg udara.

Perodua Alza Baharu turut didatangkan dengan suit Perodua Smart Drive Assist (PSDA), yang boleh dibahagikan kepada empat kategori; Bantuan Keselamatan Termaju (ASA), Bantuan Pemandu, Bantuan Tempat Letak Kereta dan Bantuan Lampu Hadapan.

Ciri-ciri terkini bagi model Perodua termasuk Pandangan Panoramik 360 darjah, Brek Letak Kereta Elektronik dengan Pegangan Brek Auto, Brek Cakera Belakang dan Mod Pemanduan Baharu: Normal, Eco dan Power.

Antara ciri keselamatan standard model baharu ini termasuk ABS dengan EBD, kawalan kestabilan kenderaan (VSC) dengan bantuan brek dan sensor belakang untuk membantu meletakkan kereta.

Selain itu, Perodua Alza Baharu menyeragamkan ciri Advanced Safety Assist atau ASA dalam semua varian. Ini termasuk; Pre-collision Warning, Pre-Collision Assist Brake (untuk kenderaan dan pejalan kaki), Mis-pedal Operational Control dan Front Departure Alert.

Semua varian juga mempunyai sistem Lane Departure Warning dan Lane Departure Prevention. Sebagai bonus tambahan, semua varian juga akan dilengkapi dengan fungsi Leaving Home Headlamp Assist dan Hill-start Assist.

Perbandingan Harga

Walaupun harga tentatif bukanlah harga rasmi, namun para pelanggan sedikit sebanyak dapat menjangkakan julat harga Alza baharu nanti mungkin tidak lari jauh berdasarkan harga yang diberikan.

Perodua Alza sedia ada dijual pada harga bermula RM49,944 sehingga RM60,525. Ini menunjukkan bahawa varian terendah Alza 2022 nanti lebih mahal berbanding varian tertinggi bagi Alza sedia ada. Harga Alza ini lebih setanding dengan Perodua Ativa yang dijual pada harga RM61,500 hingga RM72,000 serta SUV 7 tempat duduk mereka, iaitu Perodua Aruz yang dijual pada harga RM68,526 hingga RM7373,226.

Para pelanggan dialu-alukan untuk mengunjungi mana-mana daripada 188 bilik pameran jualan Perodua di seluruh negara atau layari laman web rasminya untuk maklumat lanjut.

*Kredit Video: Perodua

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Legalising Interim Vehicle Ownership Part Of Upcoming Act Amendment

The Road Transport Act 1987 is to be amended. Part of the changes and addition is to legalise interim Vehicle Ownership, lower Vocational License to drive a motorcycle as a goods vehicle, allow Road Transport Department (JPJ) to use the HS-WIM system, and make it mandatory for tour bus drivers to have a valid Vocational License.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has announced that the government will legalise interim Vehicle Ownership (tukar hak milik sementara) Transfer from the original owner to the dealer.

Interim Vehicle Ownership/ Tukar Hak Milik Sementara

At the moment, under the Road Transport Act 1987, vehicle owners are only allowed for a permanent transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer, excluding used car dealers.

However, according to Ka Siong, “an administrative measure was made in 2011 to temporarily allow vehicle owners to sell and transfer ownership of their vehicles to used car dealers.”

Ka Siong said that this move would ensure the rights of the consumer will be protected entirely. “The ministry has always sought to find ways to make the law more people-centric and put safety as a top priority without unduly burdening road users,” said the Transport Minister.

The cabinet approved the ministry’s proposals to amend the Act to better serve the general public and keep all road users safe. The Star also reported that the announcement is among a slew of amendments to the Act, set to be tabled in the coming Dewan Rakyat meeting in July.

Another amendment to be made is to lower the age limit to hold a Vocational License to ride a motorcycle as a goods vehicle from the current age of 21 to not less than 18 years.

Vocational License age limit to be lowered

“This is to allow more people the option to earn extra income via the p-hailing business (penghantaran) and other platforms to deliver goods,” he added.

Another amendment set to take place is to make it mandatory for tour bus drivers to have a valid Vocational License, which will make it uniform with other types of bus drivers.

This requirement is already imposed on drivers of express buses, stage buses, and school buses.

“This move will ensure all drivers are protected with current knowledge and competencies to provide safe and responsible services to their passengers”.

The fourth change to the Act is a new provision to allow the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to use the High-Speed Weigh-in Motion (HS-WIM) system.

High-Speed Weigh-in Motion (HS-WIM) system

“This combination of sensors, camera, and computer algorithms can ascertain the presence, identity and most importantly the prescribed weight of vehicles while in motion.”

“HS-WIM allows for a more efficient and accurate way of recording vehicles’ weight and for enforcement activities to be done automatically without the presence of JPJ officers at the location,” said Ka Siong.

Ka Siong added that these amendments are necessary as the ministry is constantly working to improve public policies to make the roads safer for the benefit of both pedestrians and motorists.

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KTMB Union Slams Wee (Again) Over Train Maintenance

Earlier this month, the Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM) and Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport went back and forth regarding the issues related to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB). Well, they’re at it again!

What started with RUM’s President, Abdul Razak Md Hassan, stating that the 10 sets of Electric Train Service (ETS) bought by the ministry from China were of poor quality, now continues with even more issues pertaining to the ‘aftersales’ agreement of 10 Class 29 electric-diesel locomotives.

Dr Wee slammed RUM over the ‘wild accusations’ by responding that the train sets obtained by the ministry were carefully carried out via a stringent process as well as being overseen by a special committee dedicated to the task. Round 1, done. Ready for Round 2?

Delayed KTM train maintenance?

Just last week, Dr Wee posted on his official Facebook page that workers from CRRC Dalian, the company appointed for the locomotive maintenance and repair works hailing from China, came into the country a few months back to carry out its contractual agreement.

Dr Wee also stated that they were unable to do so in 2020 and 2021 due to the border restrictions presented during the COVID-19 lockdowns and movement control orders. Quite a conundrum considering that KTMB was categorised as an essential service and they were operating during said times.

*Image credit: Wee Ka Siong Facebook page

A bad excuse?

This is yet another point that got the RUM all riled up. According to RUM president, Abdul Razak, “KTM was allowed to operate as usual during the lockdown. Any contractor carrying out KTM work was also exempted from the restrictions.”

Other points in the ‘heated’ debate between Razak and Dr Wee include:

Failure to carry out the maintenance work according to the scheduled contract
Maintenance contract extended to March 2022 and tasked to only servicing 10 Class 29 locomotives (instead of the initial 20 train sets together with Syarikat Majestic Engineering Sdn Bhd)
Failure to maintain resulted in affected income for KTMB and its employees

A short list, but big points with big implications. Get your popcorn ready and let’s see what the Ministry of Transport has to say about this new set of ‘wild accusations’.