UPDATE (4:53 PM): RapidKL has updated their announcement in response to Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s statement which was made earlier today.
The company said that it will comply with the government’s stand on maintaining the social distancing policy for all of its train services (LRT, MRT and KL Monorail) until a new course of action has been decided.
Original article (published at 4:03pm on 9 June 2020)
Earlier today we reported that RapidKL had announced that it will end social distancing restrictions for its rail services, effective tomorrow on 10 June. However, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated during a media session today that he is against this decision.
The minister explained that the company had made this decision on their own accord, and did not consult with the government prior to this. RapidKL does not have the authority to alter the guidelines that were set by the government and should seek approval from the Ministry Of Health before making the public announcement, he added.
Ismail Sabri said that the government is aware that the company experienced a decrease in the number of passengers ever since the implementation of social distancing restrictions. This, in turn, resulted in increased costs to maintain its services, as well as suffering significant losses in revenue during the MCO and CMCO periods.
He added that the government is still discussing a feasible solution for all forms of public transportation at this time, and warned respective companies to not make decisions on their own terms without consulting with the government first regarding this matter.
(Source: RTM [Facebook])