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Malaysian transport authorities taken to task amid spate of fatal bus accidents

Published on Apr 22, 2014 9:37 AM
 
On Sunday, April 20, 2014, a double-decker express bus plunged down a slope along the Kuantan-Segamat trunk road causing the death of a passenger. The authorities in Malaysia in charge of road transport were taken to task for failing to introduce any meaningful improvements to safety, in particular among express buses. -- PHOTO: SIN CHEW

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The authorities in Malaysia in charge of road transport were taken to task for failing to introduce any meaningful improvements to safety, in particular among express buses.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, expressed his disappointment with the authorities over their failure to implement the 51 recommendations of an indepen­dent advisory panel to prevent fatal accidents involving buses.

"If only some if not all of the recommendations had been implemented, we would not have to continue reading stories of fatal bus accidents in the papers," he said when contacted by The Star on Monday.

Following the recent spate of deadly bus accidents in the past few years, Mr Lee was made chair of the advisory panel set up to review and recommend improvements to this critical service.

 
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