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KTM Komuter introduces pink coach for ladies

Postby admin » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:56 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Starting tomorrow, female passengers of KTM Komuter train for the Sentul-Port Klang route can choose to take a ride in a normal passenger coach or in a special ladies coach.


Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in a statement here today, said the ladies coach, themed 'Ladies Only At All Times' could be identified by the pink stickers on its door and windows, as well as pink banners and arch, put up at its special section at the platform.

Boys aged below 12, however, would be allowed to take a ride in the ladies coach if they were accompanied by a female passenger, it said.

The introduction of the ladies coach is aimed at providing comfort and protecting female passengers from sexual harassment.

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KTM to introduce women-only coaches from today

Postby admin » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:57 am

PETALING JAYA: KTM Bhd will introduce its first women-only coach for the commuter train service operating from Sentul to Port Klang today.

The railway said in a statement that the move would be implemented as statistics showed that 60% of KTM Komuter passengers were women.

It said the special coach would provide more comfort and security to women and protect them from “sexual harassment and jostling with male passengers.”

KTM said boys under the age of 12 were permitted to ride in the “women-only” coach with their female companions or relatives.

The railway said it was not mandatory for women passengers to use the coach but they were encouraged to use it.

Named “Ladies Only At All Times”, the coach is located in the middle among the three coaches of every commuter train. The coaches at the front and back are for all sexes.

A pink “women-only” coach sticker will be placed on the window, doorway and in the coach area to differentiate the coach from the rest.

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Worry-free train travel for women

Postby admin » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:57 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Women who were worried about pickpockets, sex fiends and thieves on board Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) commuter trains can now ride with confidence on board new ladies only coaches.

Introduced yesterday, the "Ladies Coach" was to curb cases of sexual harassment and theft which have been plaguing KTMB for years.

Most of the cases take place during the rush-hour crush in coaches.

For now, the "Ladies Coach" is available on the Sentul-Port Klang route, which runs every 15 to 30 minutes from dawn till midnight daily.

The women-only coaches will be extended to the Rawang-Seremban route on May 15.

The special coaches will carry large pink stickers with the message, "Ladies only at all times". The stickers will also be put up at all commuter stations.

Notwithstanding the possibility of delinquency among women passengers themselves, KTMB hoped the move would reduce the countless complaints of sexual harassment and theft on board its coaches.

"We hope with these coaches, women passengers, especially the young and elderly, can travel more comfortably and safely," said KTMB Komuter service acting general manager Mohd Hider Yusoff.

"Boys below the age of 12, accompanied by women, are also permitted to travel in these coaches."

Hider said women commuters could also opt to travel on normal coaches while male passengers who get into a "Ladies Coach" by accident would not be penalised as they might not be aware of this special facility for women.

KTMB is the first public transport provider here to give special privileges to women.

But Hider stressed that this was not a "move back to the dark ages".

"This move came about after numerous complaints from women passengers who were groped and had become victims of pickpockets and thieves," Hider said.

"We discussed these complaints at length and carried out a week-long survey on the viability of having a special coach for women.

"We received good response and are confident of reducing the number of complaints drastically, if not completely eradicating the problem."


He said that cost wise, it was practical to have the "Ladies Coach" as more than 60 per cent of the company's passengers were women.

Hider said KTMB had also received complaints from male passengers, especially tourists, who had reported theft of valuables such as laptops, wallets and mobile phones.

On the possibility of stationing plainclothes rail marshals on board the commuter trains, Hider said auxilliary policemen were already on board.

Investigations by KTMB revealed that most of the culprits on the trains were foreigners from neighbouring countries.

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Women hail exclusive coaches but some see it as an inconveni

Postby admin » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:58 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Many women and men were caught by surprise yesterday when they discovered that KTM Komuter had begun offering a separate coach for women travelling on the Sentul-Port Klang route.

Some men who were seen sitting in the coach were directed by KTM enforcement officers to move to the mixed-gender coaches.

Most women passengers interviewed said they felt safer travelling in the women-only coach.

Student N. Arunmoli, 20, who had been taking the commuter train for two years, said she felt safer because some foreign men had in the past tailed her and sat beside her even when there were many other empty seats.

“I used to feel unsafe especially on days when I had night classes. Nowadays, I don’t take the train at night but get a family member to pick me up from Brickfields,” she said.

Self-employed Dayang Kartini Zainal, 27, said she liked the women-only coach as she didn’t have to put up with the unwanted stares from some foreign men.

KTM Bhd introduced its first women-only coach to provide more comfort and security to women.

The coach, located in the middle of three coaches of every commuter train, has pink “women-only” stickers placed on the windows.

Accounts executive Ng Hooi Mooi, 31, said the women-only coach was more comfortable than mixed gender coaches which were sometimes too crowded, stuffy and filled with body odour.

However, some asked whether sons who accompanied ageing mothers or women with husbands and children in tow could enter the coach.

Sales executive Joey Cheng, 33, who commutes from Serdang to Sentul daily said the special coach was unnecessary and KTM should add more trains and ensure their punctuality instead.

She also said it would be a waste of space during peak hours if there were fewer women than men.

Editor Siti Asyuura, 27, said it would be better if the all-women coach was added rather than taken from existing coaches.

KTM Bhd acting commuter services general manager Hider Yusoff said women were only allowed to bring children aged 12 and below into the women-only coaches while their husbands had to use the regular coaches. But families can opt to travel together in the regular coaches.

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Rawang-Seremban Komuter service to have women-only coach, to

Postby admin » Wed May 12, 2010 10:05 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) is to introduce the women-only coach on its Rawang-Seremban Komuter Service on Saturday.

KTMB president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said Wednesday the decision was made after positive feedback for a similar coach introduced on its Sentul-Port Klang Komuter Service on April 28.

KTMB would hold a news conference on Friday to reveal the results of the survey pertaining to the positive feedback and accept views to improve the standard of the women-only coach service, he told reporters after launching the KTMB Security and Health Day.

Aminuddin said the women-only coach would not be introduced on the KTM inter-city services as there was no congestion on these trains, but added that the situation would be constantly monitored.

Asked about KTMB's efforts to improve the standard of its Komuter service, which was said to be inefficient and stalling often, he said KTMB was refurbishing 15 units of the EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) by the first or second quarter of next year. "Twenty-eight of our EMU are more than 15 years old and it is time to refurbish them. That is why there are breakdowns during service. We are refurbishing 15 units first," he said.

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