KUALA LUMPUR: No Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) employee will lose their jobs over the proposal to establish the Railway Network Access Agreement (RNAA).
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, in a media conference today, confirmed this and explained that KTMB employees who are involved with RNAA will be absorbed under KTMB’s subsidiaries.
“In fact, I guarantee that the salaries and benefits enjoyed by them will not be affected or even reduced,” he told reporters at the Dewan Rakyat’s media centre.
He also explained that RNAA is an agreement between Railway Assets Corporation (RAC), an agency under the Transport Ministry, and KTMB.
“This is why the question that RNAA will cause KTMB to be privatised does not arise.
“The RNAA agreement is in line with clause 89 of the Railways Act 1991 to separate the train service operators, which is organised by KTMB, and also the ownership, management and maintenance of all railway assets, which will be managed by RAC.”
On rumours that the price of tickets and other services by KTMB might be increased, Aziz dismissed the claims and said that the RNAA agreement will never lead to this.
Last January, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) expressed concern and urged Putrajaya to review the proposal to establish the agreement, which is feared will give a big impact to KTMB and cause 4,000 people to lose their jobs.
KPPKTMB had previously held a series of pickets to demand that the proposal won’t be implemented.-NST