RapidKL no right to decide on social distancing rules, says minister

RapidKL said earlier today that social distancing would no longer be enforced in trains and at stations.

PUTRAJAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says RapidKL has no authority to change policies or regulations set by the government when it comes to social distancing rules.

“They can’t simply change what has been decided by the government.

“If they want to make changes, they need to apply to the National Security Council,” he said at his daily briefing here today.

Earlier today, RapidKL said its train operations would return to normal tomorrow, with commuters no longer required to adhere to social distancing rules.

Rapid Rail CEO Abdul Hadi Amran said the decision was in line with the standard operating procedures issued by the transport ministry for the duration of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period, allowing all rail services except the ETS and KTM Intercity to function at 100% capacity.

Ismail said he understood that social distancing would mean fewer passengers and an increase in operating costs.

He said incurring higher costs was not restricted to those operating trains or rail transits, but also passenger planes.

The government, he said, was addressing the matter.

“But don’t decide on such matters on your own. It is wrong.”

Rapid KL has since backtracked, saying it will comply with the government’s decision to continue social distancing.

“This policy will be enforced until a new decision is made by the government,” it said in a statement.

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