Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Women-Only KTM Coaches

Some people say it's a stupid idea to have separate coaches for females.

I don't think so. If it helps to prevent criminal acts against women -- young and old -- it gets my vote.

There have been numerous -- God-knows-how-many -- cases of butt-pinching (of women) and all manner of sexual harassment and molest, as well as petty crimes -- on trains (KTM) during rush hours .

What have we got to lose-lah?

So, I welcome Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad's (KTMB) only women's coach in the middle section of its train.

The women-only coach could be identified by the pink stickers on its door and windows.

Here's excerpts from the Bernama report:

"Acting KTM Komuter Corporate Communications senior manager Mohd Fazil Ismail told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that it would take about three months to educate the public about the separation of coaches because KTM would need to standardise the new regulations on the use of the special coach starting with the Sentul-Port-Klang route.

He said during a trial period of one week, KTMB would also collect feedback from the public on the separation and would extend the new separation system to other platforms."

So, if you're a KTM commuter, give your feedback on the service.

38 comments:

Howard said...

I believe they have women-only coaches in Japanese commuter trains. There's a reason why such coaches exist, and if it makes more people comfortable using the train, why not?

MAHAGURU58 said...

I'm not a KTM Commuter using traveller but I applaud this initiative to give our women their own special coach.

We have all heard of the sexual harassment that takes place in public transport where perverts and sexual predators have been having a field day groping women, etc.

Well done KTM!

donplaypuks® said...

As per Samy Velu:

Saya sokong satu ratus peratus penuh penuh!

dpp
we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

Anonymous said...

thank god finally! its common sense!i rely on it so much daily, that such small practical decisions improve my life! tq ktmb!

-ai leng-

Anonymous said...

Tahniah KTM. No more bra burning.

Anonymous said...

Thank you KTM and also YB Zulkifli Nordin for the women"s couch.

...wawa

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Nuraina,
How about couples trying to juggle toddlers and shopping bags and strollers etc etc...would they have to be separated? I'd say women travelling alone should go to the Women Only coach but couples, especially with children, shouldn't be separated. Perhaps a separate coach for Families Only? purrr....meow!

wak segen said...

KTM gets my support my full support here.
Women's only coaches are for women only. But for those women who don't mind mixing , they are free to go to any coach.
Unless there are guys who insist on men's only coaches too.I don't know.

MamaHanim said...

Cat-In-Sidney >> if i'm not mistaken, in yesterday's newspapers stated that 'female passengers can choose to take a ride in a normal passenger coach or in a special ladies coach..AND boys aged below 12would be allowed to take a ride in the ladies coach if they were accompanied by a female passenger'.. For me this new step taken by KTMB should be applauded.
I myself witnessed someone being sexually harrassed in LRT 2 yrs ago >>which is quite scary since we were the only ladies in the coach at that time..and the perverts chose to harrass only the other girl (not that I'm complaining :)--The girl and I got down at the nearest station and waited for the next train to arrive. This separation of coaches can somewhat protect females that travel alone..

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

Cat-In-Sydney,

Aiyaah, sweetie.. you think women are forced to travel in the women-only coaches?

They have a choice -- travel in the regular coaches or in that special one.

so, if you're with your family, you can take your pick....

haha..it's not like there are guards to make sure that all the women are herded into the women-only coaches.

thanks for visiting. how's the weather downunder? take care.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Nuraina,
We said that coz we saw how people in some states implemented the separation of gender at supermarket counters! What say you they won't do the same with the coaches, good intention or not?
Weather getting chilly here now that winter is just around the corner. Bila nak visit your fav cats? purrr....meow!

Anonymous said...

Baguslah, menyediakan alternatif untuk memelihara maruah wanita.

Kalau kemudahan tandas boleh diasingkan, apa salahnya kemudahan komuter?. Usah dilupa bahawa ada yang bernafsu serakah melampiaskan syahwat mereka dengan mengambil kesempatan meraba-raba.

Anonymous said...

So much for equal rights!

Anonymous said...

Lets have LRT too having separate coaches.
Why not?

mae1000 said...

There are coach for woman and coach for man+woman. Woman can enter both but man cannot enter woman coach. PADAN MUKA LAKI2.

remgold said...

maam,
india and japan have the same thing.
women's only coaches.
yay.

next i want to see Old Men's Only coaches, for those 50 and above.
kesian aku kena berdiri sebab budak-budak muda setan ni semua nak duduk. olok-olok tidur lagi!

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

cat-in-sydney,

oh...i see what you mean.. but i don't think they can introduce that in train services in those states. KTM is not a state company so they cannot make any such gender-separation ruling on trains.

Salt N Turmeric said...

It's about time! Too many perverts taking advantage of the packed trains for too damn long!

Zah said...

Langkah yang sangat dialu-alukan.
Pembelaan untuk kaum wanita.

Terima kasih KTMB.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Taliban country...now train..looks ok for now......but talibanization in process

bru99 said...

Salam Nuraina,


I think in that state as Cat in Sydney mentioned, the state already know and been proven ions ago that, there must be a separation between the gender................grrrrr

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

anon@10:14am,

you are paranoid or delirious.

Bingai @ Bangang said...

Only stupid people says it is a stupid idea because they have their own stupid agenda.

Sekarang lebih mudah aku buat urusan perniagaan aku sebab isteri aku dah tak takut naik komuter pegi dan balik kerja. Sebelum ini terlalu banyak gangguan terutama dari pendatang asing. Belum lagi sikap penumpang sekarang yang lebih mementingkan diri sendiri.

Ini hanya satu permulaan. Lebih banyak lagi boleh dilakukan kalau tak dipolitikkan.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Lets have LRT too having separate coaches. Why not?
3:40 PM

One at a time, dear.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
So much for equal rights!
11:58 AM

of course. they have their right to enjoy the service not to service to people who enjoy them. you still have another two coach with mix-gender instead of one.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Welcome to Taliban country...now train..looks ok for now......but talibanization in process
10:14 AM

If we practise talibanization here we don't even need that coach because taliban do not allow their women to go out by themselves and works.

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Typhoon Sue said...

i wish they did this during those years when i was boarding the train daily. would've saved me from those perverts who lurk in crowded trains. berdiri kena, duduk pun kena. klu berdiri kena raba, klu duduk dia tenyeh crotch dia kat bahu. babi sungguh... 12 yrs later and i still fell icky everytime i think abt it. that's how much it affects people. to those who oppose this and/or label this as talibanism or whatever, you don't know what u're talking abt man..

Rasputin Beliong said...

So, Ong Tee Kiat, what's holding you back from emulating KTM on LRT?

Anonymous said...

saya setuju dengan tindakan KTM mewujudkan ladies coach..tapi yg sedihnyer,semalam saya naik ktm dr KL ke Serdang menggunakan ladies coach, hampir 60% drpd penumpang di dlm coach itu terdiri drpd kaum lelaki, WALAUPUN sudah terang tertulis LADIES COACH.keselesaan yng tak tercapai....

Jahamy said...

I think it is a good idea. In fact I have many years ago proposed sitting on long distance buses to be segregated as far as possible (as is the standard practice in India).

Women's only coaches will give comfort and sense of security to the women.

This move has nothing to do with religion or morals. It is a common sense approach to practical problems faced by the women.

Old Fart said...

What a pity...Wonder how many couples out there would be feeling nostalgic right now. If there had been women only coaches before, who knows, they may have never met their beaus and never married and had all those little kids...

Shamsul Yunos said...

Is the police investigation into Aminul Rashid's death hampered by tainted statements?

read all about it at marahku.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Yang tak sokong tu...sah kaki raba , miang dan gatal.

Anonymous said...

Applaud the move. Thumbs up.

Policy prevent crimes from happening.

On another note:

The issue of private security companies guarding residential areas. I don't know but to me it sounds a little shady. A certain area which has been peaceful for 20years suddenly sees rampant snatch theft, house break-ins, muggings, car jackings and suspicious characters hanging around looking at houses during the night and day.

Then, certain individuals pop up and offer 'security' for the residents in the form of two guards on motorcycles, one plastic table and one plastic chair. Some have a 'tiang' or painted barrels.

I wonder what's going on.

northerner said...

Cik Nuraina...
Sultans and mosques: Decree or puppetry? - Abd aziz Bari
Sultan dan Masjid: Titah atau Boneka? - http://drmaza.com/home/
.. ada pandangan?..

Anonymous said...

saya mencadangkan agar man coaches di implementasikan ke atas monorail bagi mengelakkan kaum lelaki menjadi mangsa tolakan kaum wanita...yup its true

Anonymous said...

anonymus 1:39pm

60% womens coach dinaiki penumpang lelaki
itu yang jadi masalah, masalah sikap
ktm bukan sahaja perlu cetuskan idea tetapi kuatkuasakan idea juga

whiteorange

Anonymous said...

well, im not against he women/lady coaches,obviously its a good start to prevent such things to happened. yet, one there's something that really bugging me, when ktm never been punctual before, ok once in a while, imagine around 8 during peak hours, there thousand of people will be using ktm.


if ktm want to you use this system, then other things should be improved. especially the punctuality. just like lrt, fast and efficient.

Muhammad naquib bin mokhdzir said...

i strong ly agree to what you mentioned on this post....

hope it can be applied to other public transport e.g bus and taxi as well..

Nurain said...

I have tried the service yesterday, I have a pleasant journey from Bdr Tasik Sltn to Sban tapi yang tak best nya ada pulak mamat ni dok tak gerak2 dalam ladies' coach ni walaupun ada yang menegur. Sungguh kurang sopan!

Anonymous said...

It's stupidity, that's what it is. It doesn't necessarily work when the coaches are too full, well perhaps we have the contractors who run the country to blame for that, for planning such a wonderful public transport system (with considerate amount of pun intended). And such, I don't appreciate self-righteous, tudung-ed, holier-than-thou, woman telling me early in the morning which coach I belong to, with no politeness nor consideration. Not to mention that most of us are rushing to work, packed like sardines, celebrating one more moronic step in Malaysian history. Not all of us men look like those pervert-border-jumpers. I applaud these trivial separatism matters that take the country, again, to nowhere.