A DAP Member of Parliament’s attempt to belittle public transport has backfired on him.
In what appears to be a cheap publicity stunt uploaded to Facebook at 11.12pm on Sunday, Lim Lip Eng who is DAP’s MP for Kepong described a particular MRT line as the “most underused line”.
“Took the most underused MRT line home,” he wrote while attaching an unhappy emoji.
It is believed that he was attempting to complain about the MRT Putrajaya Line which passes through his constituency.
But such attempts had backfired on him.
At the time of report, the DAP leader’s post received more than 2,000 comments with nearly every user criticising his immaturity.
A user by the name of Chia Chin Yau corrected the DAP leader’s allegations and shared his own experience.
In his comment, Chin Yau attached a photo of a packed carriage he experienced while commuting on the MRT on 19 July.
Other users were also quick to question the timing of Lip Eng’s antics.
“Joker. You take train on an incomplete line at 11pm on a Sunday night and yet moan that it is underutilised,” said Vinod who is from Kuala Lumpur.
He added that such cheap publicity stunts are the reason people despise his party, DAP.
Vinod’s views were also echoed by many others.
“Why are you taking photos past 11pm,” asked Michelle Chan, while Khairul AJ cynically called Lip Eng a “genius”.
Apart from those questioning the timing, many other users blasted the DAP leader for not doing his homework before complaining.
One of them is Choo Eng Hong from Taiping.
He explained that the line was incomplete and cited the overcrowded Kelana Jaya Line as an example of what is to come, when MRT’s Putrajaya Line is completed.
“Stop such antics against national development,” the University of Malaya graduate added.
Eng Hong’s explanation appeared to be justified, as many other users shared a similar opinion.
Despite Lip Eng’s negative remarks, many other Malaysians expressed their excitement and eagerness to take the train upon the completion of Phase 2.
Fred Ooi said that he was looking forward to take the MRT while Ooi WH said that MRT is a good public transport which should be appreciated.
For the record, the MRT Putrajaya Line consists of 36 stations.
Phase 1 which was opened in June 2022 consists of merely 12 stations.
The incomplete Line begins at Kwasa Damansara and ends at Kampung Batu.
Phase 2 which is the bulk of the Line consists the remaining 24 stations from Kampung Batu to Putrajaya Sentral.
It is expected to start operations in January 2023.
Upon completion of Phase 2, ridership is expected to increase as the Line will pass through congested places in the country’s capital like Sentul, Titiwangsa, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Park, KLCC, Conlay, Tun Razak Exchange, Bandar Malaysia and Kuchai Lama.