Malaysia's MRT 'on par' with Singapore: PM Najib

Malaysia's MRT 'on par' with Singapore: PM Najib

Malaysia's MRT 'on par' with Singapore: PM Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Razak (centre) during the second phase launch ceremony of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line in Kuala Lumpur July 17, 2017.

The premier did not reveal the identity of the person, but he said he felt "enormous pride and personal satisfaction" over the completion of the rail project, which he touted as the newest and modern modern MRT system in the world. "The person said we are better than London, we are better than NY, we are better than Hong Kong, and we are at par with Singapore", he said. "And on par with Singapore", Najib said when opening the entirety of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK line) here. "We are seeing not just the MRT but the shape of the future of Malaysia before our eyes", The Star Online quoted Mr Najib as saying.

He said around 400,000 commuters are expected to use the 51 km route every day.

The SBK line has 19 stations and will start operations at 4pm today.

"The TOD projects will help the government get a return on big investments that are being channelled to improve the city's rail services aimed at meeting the long-term growth requirements of Greater KL / Klang Valley", he said.

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is a benchmark for all future public transport planning which takes into account the need for connectivity and an improvement of the quality of life of the people.

"I hope that more will choose public transport to reduce traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur", said Mr Najib.

Prasarana Malaysia is also now building the LRT3 rail line to serve areas such as Shah Alam, which is set to be completed by 2020.

Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said Monday that the MRT is a "gift" from the prime minister to the country.

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