Malaysia’s MRT system better than London and New York’s, says Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor pose for a photo infront of the Tun Razak Exchange MRT station in Kuala Lumpur July 17, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network was considered superior to comparable systems in London and New York, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said when launching the second phase of the line today.

“I asked someone recently, to rate our MRT, where do we stand compared to others. The person said we are better than London, New York, or Hong Kong. And on par with Singapore,” Najib said when opening the entirety of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK line) here.

Najib also touted the MRT line as the newest and “most modern” MRT system in the world.

With the completion of the second phase, the whole SBK line will be operational beginning 4pm today.

It is now integrated with three different Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines, the KTM commuter trains, and the KLIA Transit.

Najib also said the MRT was only the “beginning” of Putrajaya’s plans to improve the country’s public transportation infrastructure.

“By 2027, we aim to have a fully integrated public transportation system,” he said.

The LRT3 is currently under construction and scheduled for completion by 2020, while MRT2 is expected to ready by 2022.

A planned MRT3 is also targeted for 2027.