Seremban set to reap benefits from HSR project

Mohd Ikhwan Jamaludin

PORT DICKSON: Seremban and its surrounding townships, including the coastal town of Port Dickson, are certainly expected to benefit from future economic development arising out of the Federal government’s high-speed rail (HSR) line project, which passes through and stops at Negri Sembilan’s capital.

Technology Depository Agency Bhd (TDA) chief executive officer Datuk Zailani Safari said that as an example, the country has witnessed the physical evidence of the development and economic activities surrounding the MRT (mass rapid transit) stations in the greater Klang Valley.

Zailani was speaking to the media at the “Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Career Festival 2017: The Future of Rail Industries in Malaysia” here today.

However, he stressed, since such development is still under discussion, he was not at liberty to divulge what economic and other forms of impact the HSR line will have on Seremban and its communities.

TDA is an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and is mandated to manage, administer and monitor all industry collaboration programmes.

Together with strategic partners, the collaborations leverage on technology and economic development tools to contribute to national economic growth and organisational financial sustainability.

Touching on the subject of the event and domestic rail industry, Zailani said Malaysia has on February 28 achieved an industry collaboration programme milestone, which involved the transfer of technology and technical know-hows between Meidensha-Meiden Malaysia Joint Venture Sdn Bhd and Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB).

“The joint venture between the two parties will see increase in productivity and savings in maintenance support cost at KTMB,” he said.

He added that the national railway operator was the first in the country to receive and implement the Catenary Eye System in its daily operation – a technology developed by Tokyo-based Meidensha Corp to collect and analyse the measurement data for inspection and maintenance service.

Moving forward, Zailani said TDA will continue to work on other potential industry collaboration programmes – not only with industry players, but also academic institutions such as Port Dickson Polytechnic to help stimulate domestic economic activities through rail development.