Thursday April 19, 2012
Don’t force yourself into trains, passengers warned
PETALING JAYA: Passengers should not force themselves into overcrowded trains, and should step back upon hearing the alarm indicating that the doors will be closed.
RapidKL group director for rail division Khairani Mohamed said the public must prioritise safety by exercising care to prevent accidents.
“Forcing yourself into an overcrowded train endangers you and other passengers. You should always queue behind the yellow line and enter the train in an orderly manner,” Khairani said.
He was referring to newspaper reports of telemarketer Lim Cui Hong, who was injured at the Bukit Bintang monorail station when part of her hand was stuck between the sliding doors of a train.
Lim sustained lacerations to her left hand and arm and waist. Three of her teeth were chipped.
Monorail staff ensured Lim got to the hospital to receive treatment.
“She was brought out of the track envelope within four minutes,” said Khairani.
Prasarana media affairs manager Azhar Ghazali said that Lim’s claim for compensation was being processed by the insurance company.
“The whole incident was captured by our security cameras and it showed that Lim made a few persistent attempts to board the packed train despite the alarm having gone off,” Khairani said, adding that the door’s automatic closing system could only detect obstruction of over 3.5cm.
“Anything less than that, the door will lock.”
He also said the tolerance limit was within the approved standard, and an inspection of the train car in which Lim’s hand was trapped showed all sensors were in order.