KUALA LUMPUR, 29 January 2018 – Technology Depository Agency (TDA) handed over 4-car train of Ampang Line LRV Car Units (ADTRANZ) and 4 pieces of 18 metres Railway Track to Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) today. The ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia, YB Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

This project under the Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP) was triggered when the Malaysian Government purchased 30 sets of LRV Ampang Line for Prasarana from CRRC Zhozhou Locomotive Co (CRRC), a supplier from China. In order to comply with ICP requirement, CRRC contributed two (2) motor car sets and two (2) trailer car sets to UniKL Asia Rail Centre. The project managed by TDA is valued at RM1.56 million and worth about RM6.24 million of ICP Value (ICV).

“For a different procurement, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) was awarded Work Package Contractor for Trackwork Package under MRT SBK Line. Under the ICP obligation, MHI has delivered an ICP Project of Railway Trackwork to UniKL Asia Rail Centre. This project involves transfer of knowledge through seminar and consultancy to UniKL lecturers as well as the railway trackwork for the purpose of training aid material to the university. This project valued at RM117 thousands and worth about RM297 thousands of ICV. Both ICP projects contributed to UniKL as a stepping stone for them in developing their own railway training programme and expertise, as par as industry quality.” said Dato’ Zailani Safari, Chief Executive Officer of TDA.

“As ICP recipient, UniKL which is part of the education group under Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), through its Centre of Excellence (CoE) named as Asia Rail Centre has developed full industry rolling stock maintenance facilities within the university’s compound. The development cost is being funded under 11th Malaysia Plan. While MARA as one of the agencies under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, has played a major role to initiate and plan programmes for Human Capital Development in Malaysia including in railway industry. The students will be trained with actual rolling stock system that is similar in the actual industry practice. The know-how from the industry is translated into industry oriented syllabus and practical programmes offered by the university.” said YB Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, in his speech.

In explaining about ICP, Dato’ Zailani highlighted that TDA is managing 90 ICP Programmes triggered from various Government strategic procurements worth about RM63.96 billion to the extent of 2020 – 2021. The ICP Credit Value (ICV) is generated based on the level of impact and effectiveness of the ICP Project to the needs in enhancing local capability to greater height. It could be concluded that for every one Malaysia Ringgit (RM1) that is spent on the procurement, the Government is getting multiplied value returns in the form of quality investment, job creation, technical enhancement and technology transfer.

“The railway industry demands the young talents to be competent and fully equipped to lead and manage the railway industry under various critical field in the future. Hence, UniKL Asia Rail Centre will focus on professional development for the railway industry. Recognised as the nation’s first Centre of Excellence (CoE), UniKL Asia Rail offers professional industry oriented programmes designed through involvement of local and global railway technology experts and key industry players. Programmes offered include Rolling Stock, Signalling & Communication, Electrification, Permanent Way, Railway Safety, Scheduling, Customer Service, Maintenance Operation and Management of Rail Technology”, said YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham Baba, UniKL Pro Chancellor and Chairman.

Also presence at the event were officials from various ministries, representatives from government agencies, partners from private sector and key industrial players.

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