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Sabah To Improve Train Service SOP, Says Pairin

KOTA KINABALU: The state government will improve the standard operating procedure (SOP) for train services, including monitoring possible risks on the track.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who is also state infrastructure development minister said this following a freak accident involving a 15-year-old girl who fell from a moving train and was killed.

The ministry will ensure that Sabah Railway Department, which is under its purview, monitors passengers on board trains as well as the surrounding along railway tracks to prevent such incidents from recurring

“The train is one of the forms of public transport used by the community, from the state capital to Tenom district.

“We are aware of the need to increase monitoring on carriages during train services.

“While the department has been conducting maintenance all this while, especially at landslide and fallen tree-prone areas, we acknowledged that some things are unexpected. But, what I can say is we will overcome our shortcomings” he said after presenting cheques to participants at a small- and medium-scale industries and start-ups entrepreneurs programme here.

During the 2pm incident at Mile 62, Beaufort yesterday, victim Intan Suraya Ambran who was sitting on a carriage doorstep, fell from the train and was dragged 50m after her knee hit a fallen tree branch along the tracks.

-NST