A guided MRT ride for Foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners to experience the newly-launched MRT and connectivity of Greater Kuala Lumpur was arranged on 9 August by InvestKL, in collaboration with Prasarana and TRX.
Prasarana is the asset owner and operator of the country’s three LRT networks and the KL Monorail; in addition to the bus services of Rapid KL, Rapid Penang, Rapid Kuantan and Rapid Kamunting.
Tun Razak Exchange (“TRX”), Malaysia’s dedicated international financial district, is a strategic enabler supporting the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and a catalyst for urban regeneration in Kuala Lumpur.
Starting at Bangsar LRT station before proceeding to the integrated Pasar Seni station, the delegation continued the journey to the underground Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) MRT station, which is the deepest underground rail station in the country.
The private event was attended by about 12 Ambassadors and various representatives from 24 countries and embassies, including the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur, the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Sweden (H.E. Ambassador Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt) to name a few.
Datuk Zainal Amanshah, CEO of InvestKL, who had witnessed the official launch of the (Phase 2) MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line, said each and every Malaysian should be proud of the project; adding that anyone – from the public to the High Commisioners and Ambassadors – could benefit from the ease of transport that the MRT offers.
“We wanted the Foreign Ambassadors themselves to experience the world-class facilities that both the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and TRX offer and to understand how having such an integrated public transportation system can contribute to the long-term growth of Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley.”, stated Datuk Zainal.
The MRT connects to the Tun Razak Exchange, which is hailed as the new financial hub for Greater Kuala Lumpur. “We are honoured to host the foreign dignitaries in TRX today, and to have the opportunity to show them the project’s progress,” stated Dato Azmar Talib, CEO of TRX.
“TRX will be a world-class financial district with seamless connectivity, and The Tun Razak Exchange interchange MRT station is crucial to delivering this. With two MRT lines crossing the station, it will be one of the busiest in KL’s growing MRT network, integrated into what is set to become the future CBD of Kuala Lumpur.”
Greeted on arrival at Prasarana by its President and Group CEO, Dato’ Sri Azmi Abdul Aziz provided an insight of the MRT operations and other services under Prasarana, which included the LRT, monorail and bus services including the environmental-friendly Bus Rapid Transit – Sunway Line.
“Prasarana is proud to be mandated to drive the transformation of the country’s public transport services, which is aimed to be the catalyst of an economic transformation of the country. An integrated and modern public transport system provides mobility and connectivity for the rakyat, which in turn will spur productivity and more business activities for the country,” said Dato’ Sri Azmi.
This event is part of InvestKL’s initiative to further highlight on the excellent connectivity, that will further spur GreaterKL as the preferred economic hub for the global business community in Malaysia.
InvestKL Corporation Sdn Bhd (InvestKL) is the government entity set up under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to attract large global multinationals such as Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 companies to undertake operational headquarters, international procurement centres, regional distribution centres or regional shared services centres in Greater Kuala Lumpur (GKL) and strategically grow their business in Asia.
TRX will further develop the city’s role as a financial capital by creating a seamless business environment for financial services firms, multinational companies and supporting ancillary businesses. TRX will encompass investment grade A office space, world-class residential, hospitality, retail, and cultural offerings.