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Old August 20th, 2007, 07:12 AM   #1
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Malaysian Express Buses

Bukit Gantang crash toll rises to 22

IPOH: Vietnamese factory worker Quang Ngor Hung, 27, on Saturday succumbed to head injuries in the Bukit Gantang bus crash, bringing the death toll to 22.

Quang, an employee of Eastern Asia Industries Sdn Bhd in Sungai Petani, died at the Ipoh Hospital at 5.20pm.

He was on his way back from a holiday in Malacca when the bus crashed along the North-South Expressway near Taiping last Monday.

In the accident, 20 died at the scene while nine others were seriously injured.

On Friday, three-year-old Indonesian Abdul Kariim H. Abu Bakar died at Taiping Hospital.

In MUAR, a mini bus was involved in an accident along the trunk road that left two passengers injured. They received outpatient treatment at the Muar Hospital.

The mini bus was travelling from Sg Abong to Kg Tengah when a four-wheel drive, with five passengers, was believed to have rammed into the bus causing it to land on its side at 12.45pm.
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A real sad news.
Seeing so many dead bodies laying at the road side, really killed the mood.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:40 AM   #3
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One dead, 28 injured in express bus crash

One dead, 28 injured in express bus crash

KUALA LUMPUR: An express bus crashed at KM30.3 of the Gua Musang-Kuala Krai highway in Kelantan at 1am Tuesday.

One passenger died and 28 others were injured.

The driver fled from the scene, police said.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 11:31 AM   #4
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This thread should be named Malaysian Coffin Express.

Do u guys remember the Mahligai bus express that had a bad accident in Gua Musang some years ago.Most of its passengers died.

Behind every Mahligai bus, there's a Jawi inscription saying
'InsyaAllah Selamat'-God Willing it's safe
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 07:35 AM   #5
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haha... you are damn right, Forrest.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 01:11 PM   #6
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Express bus crashes into trailer

The Star Online > Nation

Wednesday August 22, 2007

Express bus crashes into trailer

IPOH: An express bus with 94 outstanding summonses and whose driver had a warrant of arrest, crashed into trailer at the 362.9km of North-South Expressway but fortunately, no lives were lost.

Deputy Tanjung Malim OCPD Deputy Supt Adzhar Othman said the bus left Kuala Lumpur at 10.30pm on Tuesday and was heading towards Sitiawan, Perak, when the accident happened at 12.30am Wednesday.

The driver of the trailer escaped unhurt and his vehicle was only slightly damaged.

“The bus driver was speeding while trying to overtake a trailer. But when he saw another car speeding up from behind, he swerved back to the left lane.

“The bus crashed into the trailer and veered into the centre divider before coming to a halt on the fast lane,” DSP Adzhar said.

He said the 52-year-old bus driver, Mohamad Yusuff Mat Talib, was warded for a leg injury, while the co-driver and 23 passengers sought outpatient treatment for cuts and bruises in Slim River Hospital.

Investigations show that the driver has one previous summons for jumping the red light and an outstanding warrant of arrest,” he said.

DSP Adzhar said the police have classified the case under Section 43(1) of Road Transport Act 1987 as it involved reckless driving.
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Foundation cites JPJ officers for alleged negligence

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Foundation cites JPJ officers for alleged negligence

KUALA LUMPUR: Favouritism and buses that are not checked for roadworthiness are some reasons for the Social Action Initiative Foundation to act against the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Its chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang said he would file a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency for alleged malpractices by nine JPJ officers, including deputy director-general Solah Mat Hassan, who was the former enforcement chief.

“I am not saying that they are corrupt. I don’t have any evidence for that.

“But I do have evidence of malpractice. They have not carried out the minimal standard operating procedures which resulted in buses not meeting the requirement for roadworthiness,” Phang said yesterday.

At a press conference on Monday, Phang claimed that JPJ and Puspakom had not been competent enough in carrying out their duties.

Citing the recent Bukit Gantang express bus accident, which claimed 22 lives, Phang said the answer lay with government agencies that regulate public vehicles.

“JPJ has the responsibility to ensure that buses are designed to international safety standards and driven by drivers who are properly trained, while Puspakom’s role is to inspect and certify that the vehicles are fit for the road,” he said.

Phang said police records showed that an average of 17.2 persons die in road accidents every day.

“The question is, who is responsible?” he said.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 03:19 AM   #8
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Another bus crashes on the NSE

Thursday August 23, 2007


Another bus crashes on the NSE

IPOH: A bus with 94 outstanding summonses and whose driver has an outstanding warrant of arrest crashed into a trailer at the 362nd kilometre of North-South Expressway near Slim River yesterday.

All 23 passengers were treated for cuts and bruises at Slim River Hospital.

Police said the Konsortium bus driver was speeding and had tried to overtake a trailer.

The bus left Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday at 10.30pm and was on its way to Sitiawan, Perak, when the accident happened at 12.30am.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 06:59 AM   #9
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Errant bus operators and drivers targeted
Thursday August 23, 2007
By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN
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Spot check: A JPJ officer checking the details of a bus
at the Sungai Besi Toll Plaza in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.


PUTRAJAYA: Ops Bersih has been launched to “clean up” errant bus companies and drivers.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy ordered the Road Transport Department (JPJ) yesterday to take immediate steps to ensure that no more lives were lost or people injured in accidents involving buses.

Ops Bersih, which was supposed to start on Monday, was brought forward following the latest bus express accident in Kelantan on Tuesday.

Roadblocks will be set up at 15 locations nationwide until midnight on Aug 30.

The locations are at JPJ enforcement offices in Bukit Bunga (Kelantan); Air Sejuk and Kijal (Terengganu); Paya Rambutan East Coast Highway; Benta and Maran (Pahang); Tenang and Jamaluang (Johor); and other major bus routes like Sanggang (Pahang), the Bukit Gantang and Tapah expressway rest area (Perak); Juru toll plaza (Penang); Sungai Besi toll plaza (Kuala Lumpur); Senawang (Negeri Sembilan); and Yong Peng (Johor).

JPJ director-general Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid said the message to bus drivers and operators was that the JPJ was serious about the safety of road-users.

He added his officers would continue with the operations to ensure that bus and commercial vehicle drivers adhered to the speed limit, carried valid operating permits and licences, and vehicles were in good condition according to the Motor Vehicle Rules.

On the counters at bus stations, he said officers would check the licences of the first and second drivers of the buses and the roadworthiness of buses, while the police would conduct urine tests.

“There are cases where the bus will have a second-driver at the point of departure, but one of them will alight somewhere into the journey,” he said.

Ahmad Mustapha said bus drivers should not drive more than eight hours within a 24-hour period, cannot drive for four continuous hours or more than 300km within the four-hour period.

He said bus drivers with outstanding arrest warrants for traffic offences would be arrested on the spot, while those whose licences were suspended would have their documents seized.

Agencies like the traffic police will also coordinate their operations on drivers, especially on suspended driving licences and outstanding arrest warrants, he added.






He said bus-manufacturing companies had been issued with a directive on Tuesday to build rigid one-piece bus bodies which adhered to the “R66 Economic Commission of European Countries” standards.

Motorists can check on their Kejara status with the JPJ or check online via www.jpj.gov.my or send an SMS addressed to JPJ new IC number (without hyphen) and send to 32252.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 07:01 AM   #10
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Five agencies in blitz on errant buses
Thursday August 23, 2007
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KUALA LUMPUR: Five major agencies have swung into action to bring to book errant bus companies and their drivers throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

Ops Bersih, involving the Road Transport Department (JPJ), police, Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB), Puspakom and Immigration Department, saw officials checking on buses and drivers at major stations and along highways yesterday.

The joint campaign will continue until the end of the Hari Raya holidays in October, on the instructions of Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, said JPJ director-general Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid.






Ops Bersih will include:

> Round-the-clock enforcement counters at all major bus stations, manned by the JPJ and traffic police, to check on buses and drivers before they begin their journeys and at the next stop;

- Prohibiting buses from travelling until summonses are paid;

- Further static checks and roadblocks at 15 areas along the highways;

- Urine tests on drivers and co-drivers;

- Police, JPJ, CVLB and Puspakom records to be updated with latest data on summonses and warrants of arrest;

- Buses must conform to international rigidity standard;

- On-the-spot one-month suspension on buses and commercial vehicles which fail Puspakom checks thrice in a row; and,

- Prohibiting renewal of licences and permits until all summonses are settled in court.

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Officers from the traffic and narcotics departments will conduct operations with JPJ officers on highways and at bus stations. They will check for unpaid and outstanding summonses and arrest warrants. Urine tests will also be conducted on the drivers.





Immigration Department

Immigration officers will also be involved to check on foreigners posing as Malaysian drivers and illegal immigrants riding on the buses.

Puspakom

Bus manufacturers were informed on Tuesday that they must build buses which adhere to the “R66 Commission of European Countries” construction standards, of which Malaysia is a signatory. Commercial vehicles which fail to undergo checks three times in a row will be blacklisted by the JPJ and CVLB through an online system.

JPJ

Its officers will man roadblocks on the highways to check on bus drivers' licences and vehicle permits. Round-theclock counters will also be set up at bus stations to check the drivers from the moment they begin their journeys until they stop at their destinations.

Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board

This agency will check on the validity of the drivers' Public Service Vehicle licences.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 10:06 AM   #11
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how quickly the communications problems disappear

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Old August 24th, 2007, 02:32 AM   #12
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Aiya... seem that JPJ just wake up from the sleep.

They thought they are one of the most earning money department in Government agencies last year then they can totally forget what is their duties.

JPJ pls wake up, your department are not there to just selling number plate at RM150K. You have other IMPORTANT tasks/duties to carry out. .
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Old August 27th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #13
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Bus firms face driver shortage, warn of Raya crunch

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Monday August 27, 2007



Bus firms face driver shortage, warn of Raya crunch

By YENG AI CHUN and ROYCE CHEAH

PENANG: Express bus companies are facing a shortage of drivers, thanks to Ops Bersih.

Some drivers have gone AWOL for fear of being caught by the authorities for various offences, resulting in several bus companies having to cancel trips.

The companies are also saying that if the situation continued, it could affect the coming balik kampung rush for Hari Raya because there might not be enough drivers and buses to meet the surge in demand.

Konsortium Express Penang manager Albert Chew said his company was having problems getting replacement drivers after 20 of its 140 drivers went missing after Ops Bersih started on Aug 22.


Sorry, sir: An attendant telling a customer that all bus tickets for the day have been sold out at Puduraya terminal.
“We have stopped selling bus tickets for the Raya holidays due to the shortage of drivers. The drivers feel that they are being harassed and victimised by the ongoing action.

“They are expecting more checks to be done during the festive period, which is why they don't want to drive,” he said when met at the Sungai Nibong bus terminal yesterday.

The Road Transport Department (JPJ), police, Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CLVB), Puspakom and Immigration Department swung into action under Ops Bersih to check on buses and drivers at major stations and along highways following the bus crash which killed 22 near Taiping.

A Gunung Raya Express ticketing officer Abadi Abdul Kadir said 30% of its drivers were affected and he anticipated that between 60% and 70% of bus commuters wanting to balik kampung this Hari Raya would be affected.

He said most journeys were delayed by between two and three hours because of Ops Bersih.

An official of another express bus company said they had to hire “walk-in” drivers looking for jobs to overcome the shortage.

However, Transnasional ticketing officer Yahaya Karim said the company’s operations were not affected and all its buses continued to ply the designated routes.

In Puduraya, KUALA LUMPUR, a tout who was still hawking tickets for destinations in the south said tickets were sold out yesterday because of the end of the school holidays.

It was also learnt that some bus drivers refused to drive to the usual bus terminals or were using trunk roads to avoid the checks.

Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said most of the companies affected were those without proper permits.

“They are rogue companies operating illegally, so of course they would be afraid to take their buses out during the ongoing operation,” he said.

As for drivers not turning up for work, he said it was because some of them had already been caught earlier in the operation and were told they could not drive for having outstanding summonses.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 09:38 AM   #14
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I think this is the time the government to start investing in rail transport connecting all state capital and big towns so that malaysia has diverse mode of transportation for the benefit of the rakyat.
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But rail also not so safe, cause theft on the rail track do happen.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #16
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I think this is the time the government to start investing in rail transport connecting all state capital and big towns so that malaysia has diverse mode of transportation for the benefit of the rakyat.
it might just happen

actually, if more of the long haul travel is shifted to trains, everyone would benefit...

less express buses on the highways means less traffic congestion...they can be shifted to short haul routes...

e.g. instead of KL-Gerik have a train from KL-Sg. Petani and then bus from Sg.Petani to Gerik...

That would also benefit the express bus companies...they would have shorter distances which means that they can carry more passengers in one day...
and they can switch drivers more easily...

everyone benefits....

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Express bus firms left reeling

Express bus firms left reeling

SEVERAL express bus operators claim that the Road Transport Department’s Ops Bersih operation against express buses is taking its toll.




Eagle Express supervisor Damanhuri Ismail said the company might close shop as many of its drivers were scared to go on the road as they had unsettled summonses.

“There is nothing we can do if the drivers refuse to work, other than stop the service. Besides drivers, the companies are also slapped with summonses,” he said in Penang yesterday.

Owned by Freebury Sdn Bhd, Eagle Express bus service was suspended on Saturday after one of its six drivers was detained a day earlier. It has six buses plying the Penang-Ipoh-Lumut route.

Konsortium Bas Ekspres Season manager Albert Chew claimed that 30 per cent of its 40 drivers had refused to drive.

“It’s a headache because we used to assign three drivers to a bus. When one driver is on leave, two are on standby,” he said. The company has 100 buses.

Asked why the company hired drivers with traffic records, he said they were experienced.

“It’s difficult to find experienced bus drivers without any summonses,” he said. — Bernama
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I dun care whether the bus cos gulung tikar or not...route out all the rotten apples!!!! Every last one of them......show no mercy. The fact that many drivers run away shows how useless they are in accepting responsibilities.

Too many deaths have occurred due to errant bus drivers.

Kat Malaysia bas je cantik2...tp drebar bas mcm p*****k!!!!
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agree..especially yang aku dengar pemandu bas ke kltn n tggnu paling dasyat.
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Family mourns loss of beautiful, intelligent go-getter

Monday January 28, 2008



Family mourns loss of beautiful, intelligent go-getter

By ANDREA FILMER

PENANG: She had the world at her feet but death robbed medical student Lee Nian Ning of a brilliant future.

The straight As student, former state swimmer and accomplished Girl Guide was on the double-decker express bus from Penang to Kuala Lumpur which crashed near Slim River on Friday.

Nian Ning, 21, a Public Service Department (PSD) scholar at the University of New South Wales in Australia who was on her way to visit friends in Kuala Lumpur, was among three passengers who perished when the driver lost control of the bus and slammed into a divider.

“We learnt that the driver had 13 summonses against him. Why had the company not screened him and realised that he was not competent to drive that bus?


Final rites: Friends paying their last respects to Nian Ning at her Taman Gelugor home in Penang Sunday.
“I wonder why the authorities still allowed such a monster to roam our streets?” asked Nian Ning's distraught father Lee Hock Chuan, 50, a company human resources director.

He also expressed disappointment over the bus company's reaction to the tragedy.

“They know who the victims are and yet, I have yet to receive a single call from them. There is not a single representative from the company here today to pay respects to my eldest daughter,” he said.

The family is contemplating legal action and Lee appealed to witnesses to come forward.


Devastated: Nian Ning’s parents looking through a scrapbook containing goodbye letters from her close friends.
“It won’t bring her back but we just want justice to be done,” he said.

The attractive Nian Ning, who stood 1.72m tall, was a national backwoods cooking champion and had set her sights on becoming a doctor.

She scored straight As in both the UPSR and PMR and obtained 11A1s and one A2 in the SPM exams.

“From a young age, she was so clear about her goal. Even though she had been approached to be a model, the only thing she wanted to be was an orthopaedic surgeon,” said her mother Ong Keep Gim, 48, a teacher.

Friends and family of the young victim paid their respects at her home in Taman Gelugor yesterday.

She was later cremated at the Batu Gantung crematorium.

More than 20 of her closest friends also created a scrapbook with personal messages to their friend.

“She was determined and a perfectionist,” said J.A. Cheng, 20, who was Nian Ning's schoolmate.

“She knew what she wanted in life and achieved her dreams. We will miss her very much.”

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