Asalamualaikum and salam sejahtera. This is my first entry here and I am very delighted to share with you my thoughts and experiences. I start to write my journal early this Chinese New Year Holiday since I got a lot of free time at home. In this first entry, I will share my experience using a commuter which most of you have gone trough the same situation I did. For starter, I am a frequent commuter user. I went back to my hometown weekly by taking this commuter. Well, I am very grateful that my hometown, Tanjung Malim was selected as one of the commuter stop stations , hence received the commuter service. I took the shuttle across the two towns frequently from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim.
Frankly, the experience of using this commuter is not so beautiful at all. As most of you had already know, the commuter service is very bad and unsatisfying. The commuter service provider, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad ( KTMB) does not provide a satisfying and comfortable service to the customers. The train was deficient, always late than its suspected to arrive and the condition of the train is really uncomfortable. Because of the less train provided, a lot of passengers taking the same train hence, causing the train in super crowded inside. Just imagine in this packed like sardine situation, people keep cork in on and on again in every stations . When I am inside the train, I am grateful that I am born to be tall, hence at least I can breath above the passengers head in this crowded situation. There was a few time that I had to stand in the train from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim across 14 stations.
The body odour and the packed like sardine situation is not so pleasure at all. Sometimes I feel like I am gonna die in the crowded. One other thing that I do not understand in this situation is that what in the world the girls were doing in the crowded?. There is a special coach provided for women to avoid themselves from any sexual harassment. But still, they chose to be in the other coach and squeeze themselves with men. I saw with my own eyes, they were squeeze and some of them had a sexual harass by men. And this is the time they act like they do not like it even though they know they had a choice to be in crowded of women. Therefore, girls, i hope that you know who you are and know your place!! which is the woman’s coach. There is no need to consumed our space / guy space in the coach which is already crowded. There are many alternatives to keep yourselves safe and to protect your dignity as a woman.
Other than that, other situation that I see in commuter is that the commuter is a place where you can meet a sea of foreigners. Most of them are building and factory workers. Sometimes I felt like I am no longer in Malaysia whenever I am in the commuter. Most of these foreigners are not very educated. Therefore, they smell bad, they wear unconventionally, and there are some cases that local girl has been sexuall harassed by the foreigners. I can say about 60 percent of the commuter passengers are foreigners.
Other minor things that you can find in the commuter is the people whose answer their phone calls like their phones are 100 metres away from their mouth, and the people who set their phone ringtones to the highest tone their phones can reach. Journey from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim takes about two hours and I am indeed fell asleep in the commuter. I startled way many times with the loud ringtones and lt was really getting on my nerve. Well I think other passengers felt the same thing too since in whole coach, the passengers can hear the ringtones and what they say on the phones.
These events are always happening and will be happening everytime I took the commuter. Regarding these many times, why did I still using the commuter? Well, for some reasons, I do not have the guts to take the express bus since a lot of bus accident occurred last year. Personally, for me, railway transportation is more safer than any other transportations. Other than that, the commuter ticket price is quite cheaper though. These are the reasons why I keep using the commuter regarding of the casualties I had face. But I think, it is time for a change. Bad service form the KTMB towards the service of the commuter is way too long and there is no systematic measures taken by them. I keep wasting my money on unsatisfying service. I am very grateful that there is new train connected to my hometown which is the ETS ( Electric Train Service ) which is more cool, comfort and faster. Even though the ticket price is twice as the commuter’s, it gives me more satisfying pleasure. Therefore, instead of commuter, there are many other alternatives that u can use. Don’t waste your money on something that unsatisfy for what you paid for.
adios amigos commuter.........