Conference on railway signal engineering, public transport issues this April 5-6

Lee (fourth right) receives a conference brochure from Sarawak Metro chief executive officer Mazli Mustaffa, at the Minister’s office on March 30, 2023. Photo: Sarawak Metro

KUCHING, March 31: The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) Malaysia 2023 Conference will be held at Riverside Majestic Hotel here on April 5 and 6.

Organised by IRSE Malaysia Section and hosted by Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd, this year’s conference will mark the first time it is held in Kuching and, more significantly, the first time the event has been held outside of the Federal capital.

According to a media release issued by Sarawak Metro today, the two-day conference will be officially launched by Minister for Transport Sarawak (MOTS) Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin on the first day of the event.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear presentations from 10 speakers, who have been invited to present various topics on railway signal engineering and general rail and public transport issues.

The speakers include IRSE President Andy Knight from the United Kingdom, who will give a talk entitled ‘Shaping the Future’; IRSE Singapore chairman Robert Cooke, who will give a talk on ‘Metro Signalling Safety — From Generic Product to a Safety Operating System’; and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport Sarawak Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling, who will talk on ‘Transforming Public Transport for Sarawak’.

A representative from IRSE Indonesia, Mulyadi Sinung, is expected to present a paper entitled ‘Transportation Masterplan in Ibu Kota Nusantara’.

The presentation topics range from the latest development in the rail and public transport industry to transportation masterplans for cities and the role of the railway system in achieving future net-zero emissions.

IRSE Malaysia Section and Sarawak Metro hope the conference will be a platform to promote a greater exchange of knowledge, especially in creating awareness of safety and higher standards of practice in the rail and public transport sectors.

They also hope the conference can be an avenue to promote greater interest and awareness among the younger generation on career opportunities in the railway industry, particularly in signal engineering and the public transport sector.

The conference, supported by Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak), is expected to be attended by delegates from the United Kingdom, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, France, Singapore, Switzerland, and Malaysia. — DayakDaily