Where’s Wee, ask netizens, ex-MP after silence over LRT fiasco

Transport minister Wee Ka Siong has been slammed by netizens and a former MP for remaining silent over the latest troubles facing the Kelana Jaya LRT line, with 16 stations being shutdown for a week from today.

(FMT) – The stations were also closed yesterday after an automatic train control system malfunction was detected. The LRT line was hit by the same problem on Monday.

While top executives from rail operator Prasarana conducted a press conference today explaining that the week-long shutdown was necessary for passenger safety, opposition politicians were quick to point out that Wee had yet to comment on the matter.

“Where is Wee?” asked PKR information chief Fahmi Fadzil on Twitter.

Several Rapid KL bus stations saw long lines of commuters after the closure of 16 LRT stations along the Kelana Jaya line.

Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the Bangi parliamentary seat in the general election, Syahredzan Johan, noted that Wee had not publicly commented on the LRT’s problems as of 11.17am.

Wee’s latest Facebook post at 7.27pm yesterday showed the MCA president on the campaign trail supporting Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates in Raub, Pahang.

Wee’s silence was also highlighted by netizens such as Twitter user @lady_bugg11, who posted a video of scores of commuters queuing up to enter a bus.

“Where is Wee? Have pity on the public,” she said.

Another Twitter user, @PointMHD, had some harsh words for Wee – whom he described as the “most useless transport minister ever”.

“What a huge downgrade from Anthony Loke (former transport minister and DAP secretary general Loke Siew Fook). It’s just our luck to have got a minister like this.”

Yet another Twitter user, @fuadrodzi, hoped to see internal regulations put in place that would see the transport minister and top executives voluntarily resign if there were three consecutive days of disruptions to the LRT, MRT and bus services.

He tagged Wee, Rapid KL and PKR communications director Lee Chean Chung in his post.

When contacted by FMT, Wee’s aide said the minister would issue a statement shortly.

At the Prasarana press conference earlier today, its president cum group chief executive officer Azharuddin Mat Sah apologised to all affected commuters for the week-long disruption to its services and said it might compensate the passengers, especially those who had purchased the monthly My50 passes.