ISKANDAR PUTERI, Nov 27 -- Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) is planning to set up the country’s first train museum in the state.
Johor Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said planning and research are currently underway to enable the museum to be built.
"These efforts include working closely with the National Museum Department, updating all inventories, recording, running conservation programmes and restoring all KTMB-related railway treasures at locations throughout Peninsular Malaysia including Johor," he told reporters after the Johor state assembly here today.
Mohd Khuzzan said the KTMB Museum Unit, located in Johor Bahru and its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, was also implementing a history and understanding programme on trains in schools as well as periodic exhibitions in various locations throughout the country.
He said according to the proposal, the museum would be set up in either Kluang or Johor Bahru.
"We (the state government) hope it will come true because Johor Bahru is the southernmost point while Kluang is one of the most popular areas for trains," he said.
According to Mohd Khuzzan, the Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) will also cooperate in making it a success.
"As far as location is concerned, we will do follow ups after getting information. The Johor Bahru Sentral or old store buildings in Kluang have the potential.
"We will keep working to make sure Johor has the first train museum," he said.