” Bus crashes are relatively common in Malaysia, often involving interstate buses, and accompanied by revelations that drivers were unlicensed, speeding or under the influence of drugs to keep themselves awake.”
This is part of the online news report today at The Straits Times ( Singapore ) about the latest bus accident at Cameron Highlands.
Dear Transport Minister Datuk Kong : What is your comment on above statement ??
The Singapore newspaper has given you and us Malaysians no face coming up with such a derogatory and insulting statement. Are you going to sent in a protest note to the Singapore Ambassador ?
What steps have your Ministry done so far to ensure such incidents will not recur ? Have your Ministry been working with the Royal Malaysian Police ( your buddy Hishamuddin ) to come up with enforcement and controls etc ? And for everyone sake don’t ever even think of compromising and allow discounts on traffic fines. Throw those offenders into prison if they continue to ignore their summons.
In this accident, twenty-seven passengers of a tour bus were killed after the vehicle hit a divider and overturned on its way down from Cameron Highlands Monday. Twenty-two died at the scene of the accident and five at the Raja Permaisuri hospital here. Another 10 injured were being treated at the hospital. Those killed were 24 Thai toursists and 3 Malaysians ( driver, co driver and tourist guide ).
The accident occured at KM15 of the Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai at 11.40am. SAC Datuk Zakaria said the cause of the accident could have been speeding or brake failure.
Major bus accidents in Malaysia in recent years:
Dec 17: Four prison officers killed after a Prisons Department bus plunged into a ravine along the hilly and winding Tambunan-Kota Kinabalu trunk road.
Oct 29: Seven passengers, aged between 13 and 28, killed after their bus skidded and overtured at KM38 Genting Sempah, while enroute to Kuala Lumpur. It was later revealed the driver of the bus had no valid driving licence.
Oct 10: Thirteen killed in bus crash along KM223 of the North-South Expressway (NSE), near the Simpang Ampat toll plaza. Dec 25, 2009: Ten killed after a double-decker express bus skidded and hit a road divider at KM272.8 of the NSE, after the Ipoh Selatan toll plaza (northbound).
Dec 7, 2008: Ten dead after an express bus skided and overturned at KM146.5 of the NSE, near Pagoh, Johor. Aug 13, 2007: One of the worst road crashes in Malaysian history claims 22 lives. The bus they victims were in crashed at KM229 of the NSE, near the Bukit Gantang rest area. March 9, 2007: Six killed after an express bus plunged into a ravine at KM254, NSE, near the Sg Perak rest and recreation area.
July 30, 2006: Eleven pilgrims to the annual St Anne’s Feast in Penang were killed when their chartered bus overturned at KM160.8 of the NSE, near the Jawi interchange at Nibong Tebal. Nov 23, 2003: Fourteen killed when an express bus collides with another bus at KM63, Jalan Lipis-Merapoh near the Pahang-Kelantan border.
News excerpt from The Star .