Rail transport has been in Malaya since the late 19th century with the aim to speed up transportation of the tin mining areas to ports along the coast. But now rail transport is one of the country’s most important transport mode. Ministry of Transport and other agencies is a leader in the rail transport system.

The National Supply Chain Conference on Rail Projects organised by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) attracted an overwhelming interest of more than 2,000 participants ranging from industry players as well as local authorities, business chambers and embassies.

There was a panel presentation which discussed the opportunities available in the supply chains of the infrastructure projects that are currently taking place in Malaysia. The session, which was moderated by Mr Ibrahim Sani of Astro Awani, featured speakers from Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD), Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasana), Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSRCorp). There were also 28 key exhibits mainly focusing on the development of the rail projects in Malaysia, including Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) and other rail-related industry players.

In addition to the integrated public transportation system in Greater Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley, the Government is currently developing other rail projects to connect different parts of the country. For example, the High Speed Rail connecting Kuala Lumpur and East Jurong, Singapore; and the East Coast Rail Link between Port Klang to Tumpat, Kelantan will further grow the industrial clusters such as manufacturing facilities and services hubs along these railway corridors.

MIDA has also embarked on a nationwide series to spur the development of industrial parks. Our Industrial Park Forum is a response to meet the needs of new emerging industries, particularly in terms of internet connectivity, Industry 4.0 elements, efficient management of park facilities, eco-waste management and adequate supply supply of utility requirements. In the context of the rail industry, the Malaysia Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC), a group of 31 local rail industry companies, has come out with a proposal to set up a dedicated industrial park to streamline the rail industrial ecosystem.


Source: Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)