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The MRT Sungai Buloh–Kajang Line was launched yesterday by Prime Minister Najib Razak, with free rides for a month to mark it as Phase 1 for the 3 planned phases for a rapid transit line in Klang Valley.

The line starts from Sungai Buloh and runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang.

However, the road to a fully integrated Klang Valley has been a bumpy ride. The government’s latest venture before the Sungai Buloh–Kajang line, the LRT extensions, was embroiled in controversy.

Between the exorbitant fees of the Sunway line resulting from some costing difficulties, to the kerfuffle last July with the LRT Ampang Line, there were some growing pains in the government’s mission to an interconnected Klang Valley.

We are definitely looking forward to the new MRT, but the nation’s eyes will be on this first phase of the project like a hawk to see if it will be the saving grace in the Klang Valley project.

Following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s announcement that the first month of the MRT will be free, the hashtag #jomnaikmrt has been trending on Twitter, with Malaysians expressing their interest and curiosity in hitching a ride with the new railway.

Politicians weigh in as well.
Even the staff is getting in on the excitement.
Manal Ismail Al-Masry Translation: It can take us to The Curve and Ikea areas.
Even Digi is joining in on the MRT craze (Translation: Have you been on the new MRT? RT if you can’t wait to try it)

Of course, not all expectations are positive. There are cynical Malaysians expressing certain concerns behind the project.

Translation: The MRT kids are going to bash me because I know about the failed test. Not to mention the rail material and train that was made in China. #jomnaikmrt
Translation: Making announcements about #jomnaikmrt being free for a month as if GST was going to be cancelled. What were you expecting to hear from us?
Twitters concerns.

One particular netizen even jumped on the MRT bandwagon to criticise the KTM instead.

Translation: Yesterday, I read in Facebook about how frequent the new KTM schedule is, so I gave it a shot from Sg. Buloh to KL Central. While I was in the train, the Captain made an announcement that the train has broken down, so we all had had to go down.

So when all is said and done, how did the MRT perform on day 1? Well here’s a post that encompasses most of the thoughts for today.

An overall assessment

There are also some observations from the people who have taken it today.

There were quite a few who noted the speed of the new MRT trains, which bodes well for Malaysians with places to be, but may not necessarily have the time or be able to afford other methods.

Twitter screenshot.
Translation: When to ride the MRT, it’s free for a month right?; So fast! No need to take the bus after this!

Not all speed is good, and there was one particular rider who found some things to be concerned about with how fast the trains go, and how quickly the doors close.

Apparently, there have already been cases of people getting the doors shut on them as they exit or enter the MRTs.

Safety concerns on Twitter.

If you have seen one of those videos of people getting their limbs (and even heads) stuck in the doors in other countries, then you understand what a big issue this is.

Some riders can’t even contain their excitement and this is causing some problems on the trains for other riders .

Some complaints about riders who play around pressing the emergency call button frivolously on the MRT.

But overall, the excitement about the trains is still high. People are looking forward to easier access to public transport and even after the month has passed, it seems that the fares will still be considered relatively cheap for train rides of this nature.

Happy riders on Instagram
Cute Touch ‘N Go cards for the rails.
A happy commuter arriving at their destination.

Overall, the MRT still has some growing to do but we’re all for a more interconnected Klang Valley and hopefully the nation as a whole someday. Three cheers for development!

Feature Image Credit: The Singapore Business Review

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