Robocops Deployed to Scan Train Commuters in Kuala Lumpur
Well, not quite the half-human, half-robot character that we were introduced to in the 1987 sci-fi movie. But with the rise of COVID-19 infections again in Malaysia and the start of the Conditional Movement Order in some parts of the country, there have been stricter monitoring of people commuting between the districts in the affected areas, and Malaysia’s commuter rail service, KTM Berhad, has equipped their auxiliary police with a snazzy wearable temperature scanner in the form of a futuristic-looking helmet.
Commuters on the KTM rail were surprised yesterday to see KTM personnel looking rather like Robocop with their new helmets patrolling the stations and trains. But there’s no need to worry, ma’am, they were just checking your temperature discreetly albeit looking more intimidating than usual.
This writer really must add that the pictures KTM shared on Facebook are not all that realistic for there had really been no social distancing in the stations and trains, especially during peak hours, based on her experience. How would you enforce social distancing inside an approximately 60m2 carriage unless the number of passengers in each one is restricted to, say, about 10? If they did so, the cows would come home earlier than you.
So, for those who have no option but to take the train to work, KTM pointed out that the temperature-scanning helmet is an additional measure on top of hand sanitisers and temperature scanners at the entrance of the stations and regular disinfection of the facilities and trains. The helmets are still being tested for their suitability of use by the police personnel, but the rail company hoped that commuters would feel more confident in riding the trains with these measures in place. Hmm, effectiveness? Arguable. Amusing? Definitely.