Rapid KL turns back on decision to end social distancing on trains

The transport operator made the U-turn after it was called out by the defense minister.
The transport operator made the U-turn after it was called out by the defense minister.

Kuala Lumpur’s public transport operator today went back on its decision to end social distancing measures for its thousands of commuters. 

The U-turn on the decision happened after Rapid KL was called out by Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob for changing the rules. 

“Rapid KL will follow the government’s decision to continue with social distancing measures on our services,” the transport operator said online today. It advised commuters to plan their journey ahead when the conditional movement control order, or CMCO, lifts tomorrow. 

Defense minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at his daily press conference. Photo: Screengrab from Harian Metro / Facebook
Defense minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at his daily press conference. Photo: Screengrab from Harian Metro / Facebook

Rapid KL had said in a now-deleted Facebook post that social distancing measures would end for all of its rail services. Hours later, the defense minister brought it up during his daily COVID-19 press briefing. 

“Rapid Rail has no authority to change the rules and regulations that have been determined by the government,” he said. “They cannot change the rules as they please.”

Social distancing measures in a KL train. Photo: Rapid KL / Facebook
Social distancing measures in a KL train. Photo: Rapid KL / Facebook

The Malaysian government has decided that social distancing measures continue to be implemented on public transportation. However, if the transport service provider wishes to implement any changes, they may consult with the National Security Council.

Commuters are required to stand a meter away from each other while on trains. Other safety measures such as temperature checks, disinfection, and the wearing of face masks continue to be compulsory. 

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