KTM put up signs at their stations before Hari Raya saying “Maaf Zahir dan Batin” (I ask forgiveness for any physical and emotional wrongdoings). They have a lot of forgiveness to ask for, especially after what happened today (today in Hindu time).
As usual, I went to KL Sentral this morning to get the train to Rawang. However, an announcement came over the loudspeaker, saying that the train would be delayed for 50 minutes. I just kept sitting there, watching videos on my iPod. Another annoucement came saying that the train was coming in 30 minutes and that it was now at the Kajang station.
I left the waiting area and went out into the main station. I bought myself an ice cream from McDonald’s and then I looked in the bookshop there, which has some second-hand books. I didn’t find anything that interested me, though.
I went back down to the platform and waited. Another annoucement said that the train would be there in 15 minutes (I think it was at Bandar Tasik Selatan at that point). Eventually an annoucement came saying that the train would arrive in 4 minutes and that it had just left Mid Valley. When it arrived, I saw it was a Class 81 EMU, the oldest kind with the most seats.
I got on the train and we finally started moving. We reached the next station,
Kuala Lumpur, and the train stopped for a long time. An announcement came over the train’s loudspeakers. I couldn’t understand it, but everyone got off the train so I did as well. The driver got in the cab at the other end of the train as it was going back to Seremban (the last station on the line). The train left and we waited for the next one to arrive. I thought there must have been some problem with the train.
Meanwhile, filming equipment had been set up at the station. There were studio lights and I saw a professional movie camera. Computers had been set up in a special area for the production. I saw one of those boards that they use for making movies, where the scene and take numbers are written on it. I saw “Pantene” written on it, so it must have been a commercial for Pantene cosmetics that they were shooting at the station.
The train to Sentul pulled into the platform on the opposite side. The only thing is, that platform is for southbound trains (to either Port Klang or Seremban) and the train to Sentul is northbound. Obviously something was going on which had disrupted the trains from their normal schedule (and platforms).
Another train to Rawang arrived, but when it stopped at the platform, police officers went along making sure that nobody got on. It waited there for quite a while. While we were waiting, the film crew powered up one of their lights and shone it against a reflective surface. It created quite a bright, purplish light.
I saw people starting to get on the train. I asked the policeman if I could get on, and he asked me where I was going. When I told him I was going to Rawang, he told me to take a taxi or a bus there. Obviously something had majorly disrupted the train schedule. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the filming or not.
I went up and asked the guard if he could return my money (it’s actually my company’s money that they give me for travel). The guard stamped the ticket and I can take it in and get the money back for it. I then left the station and walked all the way to where the bus to Rawang is. I got on an SJ Bus which was going to Rawang, but he told me that they wouldn’t be leaving for another 10 minutes. I then found the Metrobus to Rawang and got on it. I finally arrived in Rawang around 11:15 (I’m supposed to be at work at 10am and my class started at 11am). I bought three chocolate filled buns at the restaurant near the office and then went up. One of the other teachers had started teaching my class, so I just took over and asked the students to do the exercise he had given them.