MALAYSIANS GIVE 9,000 REASONS ON WHY THEY NEED THE MRT

Kuala Lumpur, 30 January 2013: In line with its commitment to reach out to the public and raise awareness on the MRT project, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) in September 2012 initiated the ‘I need MRT because…’ (INMRT) contest. The contest, which requires participants to submit their reasons on why they need the MRT, received close to 9,000 entries and registered more than 100,000 votes on the ‘best reasons’ submitted.

In addition, the three-month online contest saw close to 300,000 visits to the contest microsite– www.mrtmyride.com.my. Speaking at the prize giving dinner at TEEQ Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur today, MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Azhar Abdul Hamid said, “It is comforting to know that the project has the Rakyat’s support and that they are waiting for its completion.

Rest assured that MRT Corp is vigorously working around the clock to deliver this project within the agreed timeline to enhance the productivity and quality of life for residents in the Klang Valley”. Four lucky winners, namely Cik Atiqah Abdul Aziz, Encik Azmil Mohamad, Ms. Tan Eng Yen, and Ms. Tu Sun Ing were rewarded RM25,000 in total for giving their best reasons on why they need the MRT. Cik Atiqah Abdul Aziz, Encik Azmil Mohamad and Ms Tan Eng Yen were the three monthly winners which earned them RM5,000 each.

Ms. Tu Sun Ing, who is the Grand prize winner of the INMRT contest, was delighted that her entry ‘I need MRT because it can take more than 198,000 cars off the road daily’ landed her the RM10,000 grand prize. “I moved from Johor to Kuala Lumpur four years ago and I heavily rely on the public transport here. Although the public infrastructure here is well developed, I still think more can be done to enhance it and no doubt MRT is the answer. Me and my family can’t wait to have the MRT up and running,” said Tan.

Construction on the 51 kilometre MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line is now in full swing and is expected to be completed in 2016, and commence operations in January 2017. Once completed, the MRT SBK Line project will have 31 stations, including 7 underground.

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