Tragedy in Genting Highlands

Rescuers work at the scene of a bus crash at Genting Highlands

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The Star had reported that checks on the Road Transport Department (RTD) website revealed the bus was not ‘road worthy’ and blacklisted. But then the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chief Syed Hamid Albar begged to differ saying the bus was neither blacklisted nor was it overloaded.

He said the ill-fated bus was classified as a feeder bus and had the capacity of ferrying 65 passengers, with 45 seated and 20 standing. That being so, how is it that the RTD website has information declaring the bus as ‘unfit’ for use? Now, whom should the rakyat trust, SPAD or RTD?

If however the bus has been declared ‘unfit’ by the authority, how was it that it was doing ‘business as usual’? The Aug 21 bush accident has been deemed the worst in the country. But then road casualties involving express buses are not new to Malaysia.

… Can the government explain why the express bus concerned was on the road? Has the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board not learnt lessons from the previous road tragedies involving public transport?

Are express bus operators not compelled by Puspakom to get their buses inspected on a regular basis? The latest accident has also opened up a can of worms – if the Road Transport Department had deemed the express bus ‘not roadworthy’ how is it that the bus company, the Kuala Lumpur-based Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd dare use the bus to ferry passengers?

What does it say – that enforcement is slacking or someone in RTD or the ‘higher up’ is on the take from the bus company in question?

It’s truly unfortunate that while the ‘powers that be’ squabble over issues like the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) or plans to revoke the licenses of 1.7 million Malaysians with unpaid summonses, no attention has been paid on ways to avert yet another disaster when families end up losing their loved ones to road tragedies simply because the government is busy pettifogging.

The Aug 21 nightmare has left 37 dead, 13 of them women and 24 men. Another 16 who survived are fighting for their lives – is this not tragic enough for the BN government to finally get serious about putting an end to such disasters?

Jeswan Kaur is a freelance writer and a FMT columnist.

Malaysian Insider

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Moments before the last, deadly journey. This aerial shot taken by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployed by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) shows the final path of the bus in the Genting crash on Wednesday. The tragedy took the lives of 37 people, making it Malaysia’s worst road accident. Pic courtesy of MIROS, August 23, 2013.

Bus wreckage retrieved from ravine


23 August 2013| last updated at 01:40PM

GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Wreckage of bus lifted

Picture shows the condition of the wreckage of the bus that was involved in an accident in Genting Highlands recently. Pix by Shahir OthmanRead more: GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Wreckage of bus lifted – Latest – New Straits Times


Friday August 23, 2013 MYT 10:03:51 AM

Survivors tell of angry and unstable bus driver before crash

KUALA LUMPUR: Sur­vivors of the bus crash in Genting Highlands told horror stories of an angry bus driver Lim Kok Ho (pic) who seemed unstable in his actions – almost with a death wish – before the tragedy at 2.20pm on Wednesday.

“It was like he deliberately wanted to kill us. He made no effort to swerve to the emergency escape ramp which was directly before the spot where the bus went over into the ravine,” said Tan Ming Shing.

Tan, 26, claimed the driver, who was also killed in the crash, had been speeding down the slope although he knew the brakes were faulty.

“Barely minutes after starting the journey to go downhill, the bus nearly hit a pillar.

“Several hundred metres on, the driver made a sudden turn and this caused a Honda City to nearly hit us,” he said when interviewed at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Tan, a kitchen worker in Genting, said both drivers then stopped their vehicles and started shouting and gesturing angrily at each other before driving off.

He claimed that the driver mentioned something about the brakes not functioning, but did not allow anyone to get off the bus.

“All of a sudden, he swerved again and many of us screamed in fear. And the bus crashed into the ravine.”

At the Selayang Hospital, 14-year-old Canadian Rwaanok Arefin said the driver had started driving angrily after his encounter with the Honda City driver.

“Some of the passengers scolded him and asked him to slow down.

“This only angered the driver further and made him drive even faster. It was then that he lost control and the bus plunged into the ravine,” said Rwaanok who is on holiday with his family for the first time in Malaysia.

A third survivor with a similar account is Nur Syamimi Ja’afar, 25.

“I saw the bus driver gesturing angrily at the Honda City driver,” she said.

After that, the bus driver was heard grumbling angrily and Nur Syamimi said he drove the bus even faster.

Survivors tell of angry and unstable bus driver before crash


Passengers phoned for help when bus hit divider
1:27PM Aug 23, 2013

Terrified passengers started calling their loved ones on their mobile phones when the bus started going out of control, said a survivor of the Genting Highlands crash which took the lives of 37.

This included Saidah Misbun, 19, whose father Misbun Hastam helplessly heard her pleas before the line was cut off on that dreadful Wednesday.

“Saidah was crying that she was in pain while in the background there was commotion, and someone was calling out the takbir.

“I was shocked. When the line was cut, we tried over 20 times to call her back before contacting rescue services to inform them that our daughter was hurt,” he told Sinar Harian.

Saidah, a cashier at Genting Highlands sustained injuries to her chest and suffered broken ribs but is reportedly stable condition.

Meanwhile, Sinar reported that another survivor Suryadi Budiarto, 52, said there was a lot of screaming when the bus hit the road divider on its left.

“When the bus started hitting the divider, all the passengers started screaming in fear. It happened so fast. “Near me were two women who also survived. They were both crying for help through their mobile phones,” he told the daily.

The Indonesian national who sustained a broken arm was thrown out of the bus and found three metres from the wreckage an hour after the accident which happened at about 2.20pm.

Passengers phoned for help when bus hit divider


The ill-fated bus that plunged into a ravine off Genting Highlands yesterday, killing 37 people, was not overcrowded nor blacklisted.

NONEIn a new development, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairperson Syed Hamid Syed Albar (right) said the bus was not overloaded according to licence regulations.

The bus reportedly carried 53 passengers when it crashed yesterday afternoon, with Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan claiming that it was overloaded.

“No. According to the licence, the bus capacity is 45 sitting and 20 standing. So it’s 65. So we need to investigate before speculating further,” Syed Hamid told a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital today, after visiting the crash survivors along with acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

Syed Hamid also said that none of the agencies – Road Transport Department (RTD), Spad and the police – had any record of the bus being blacklisted.

However checks by Malaysiakini showed that the bus has been blacklisted by the police, but is not on the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) blacklist.


Spad chief: Bus not overcrowded, nor blacklisted


It’s too early to judge anyone, says Genting bus firm

A spokesperson for Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd, the company that owns the bus that plunged into a ravine yesterday, told reporters it is too early to speculate on the cause of the accident.

The spokesperson, who only wanted to give his name as ‘Mr Yip’, told reporters at the company’s office today that the company was fully cooperating with the government’s investigation into the accident.

He declined to comment on the reason there were 53 people on board the bus when only 49 tickets had been sold, and also said that it was not right to claim the bus was overloaded.

“It was a town bus, not an express bus, it didn’t go from point A to B, it went A, B,C, D, so there are people getting on and off along the way. It is not right to say the bus was overloaded,” Yip added.

It’s too early to judge anyone, says Genting bus firm


Survivor: Driver had ‘angry exchange’ before crash

As investigators work towards unearthing the cause of yesterday’s bus tragedy at Genting Highlands, several accounts have emerged from survivors, with one alleging there had been an altercation between the bus driver and a taxi driver just prior to the crash.

NONE“My two nephews saw the bus driver and a taxi driver exchanging what seemed like angry gestures at each other,” claimed Mosammat Sirajum, a Malaysian permanent resident from Bangladesh.

“They also said the taxi driver tried to overtake the bus, and the bus driver stepped on the brake pedal,” she said when met at the Selayang Hospital.

She said her nephews, aged 22 and 14, lost their father, aged 54, in the crash while their mother survived.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Indonesian national Andre Purwadi told reporters that the bus was being driven at high speed.

The man also admitted he was one of the five passengers who bought the RM7 “standing ticket”.

However, according to a Nanyang Siang Pau report, relatives of the driver Lim Kok Ho rebutted claims he was speeding.

Survivor: Driver had ‘angry exchange’ before crash


Ill-fated bus was blacklisted by police
10:59AM Aug 22, 2013

The bus which plunged into a ravine in Genting Highlands yesterday had been blacklisted by the police.

genting bus blacklisted by police 220813 01Checks by Malaysiakini found that while the bus is blacklisted by the police, it is not on the Road Transport Department (JPJ) blacklist.

This is according to the JPJ website.

When contacted, a JPJ spokesperson said that the blacklist refers to accumulated summonses, with police traffic summonses differentiated from JPJ summonses.

However, she said, the JPJ cannot issue any statements on the bus crash yet as it is still awaiting a report from the police.

A representative of bus company Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd, which owns the bus, said that she does not have any information on the blacklist.

“The person in charge for this matter will be in soon, so I advise that you call later,” she said.

Ill-fated bus was blacklisted by police

The Sundaily

Relatives of bus accident victims converge on HKL

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 22, 2013): Emotional pain and sadness were palpable at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary here as relatives of those killed in yesterday’s horrific bus crash in Genting Highlands gathered to identify and collect the remains of the victims.

Some family members broke down and declined to talk to reporters.

According to an HKL spokesman, as at 11am, the post-mortem had been conducted on 30 bodies and 15 had been identified.

The identification was ongoing as family members went about the process of claiming the remains of their loved ones.

Reporters, who had been waiting at the hospital from as early as 7am, were prohibited from entering the mortuary compound.


Relatives of bus accident victims converge on HKL


22 August 2013| last updated at 08:57AM

GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Bus driver newly hired

KUALA LUMPUR: The 44-year-old driver of the ill-fated stage bus registered to Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd was hired only recently.

A company representative said although the driver was relatively new with the company, he had all the relevant documentation and licences qualifying him as a driver. The bus company operates from its office here in Jalan Segambut.

According to the employee, the bus, WGA 4136, had undergone the necessary checks and routine inspections with the authorities and had been certified roadworthy.


22 August 2013| last updated at 03:17PM

GENTING BUS TRAGEDY UPDATE: Wreckage of bus to be removed tomorrow

Read more: GENTING BUS TRAGEDY UPDATE: Wreckage of bus to be removed tomorrow – Latest – New Straits Times

37 dead but there could be more as many of the survivors are on the critical list.

The eight survivors admitted to the Selayang hospital comprised three Malaysians, two Indonesians and three Bangladeshis

Bus plunges into Genting ravine, 37 killed

Genting bus tragedy

Published on Aug 21, 2013

Victims were stretchered out from the ravine where a bus had earlier plunged into at KM36 of the Genting Highlands-Kuala Lumpur Road.


22 August 2013| last updated at 12:50AM

UPDATE – GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Bus lost control about 100 meter

KUANTAN: According to the Police’s preliminary investigations, the bus involved in today’s Genting Highlands disaster was out of control for about 100 metres before it plunged into a 60-metre deep ravine 3.5 kilometres from the summit of the popular hill resort.

Pahang police chief Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the bus had first hit the side of the hill before careening off the road.
 “According to information from Central Pahang Omnibus Bhd (the operator of the bus), the yellow bus with registration WGA 4136 was to carry 48 passengers as this number of tickets were sold.
“However, it was carrying more than this number of passengers,” he said when contacted by Bernama.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 9:57:12 PM

37 dead in Genting bus crash (Updated)

PETALING JAYA: Thirty-seven people were killed in the country’s worst road tragedy, after a bus carrying 53 plunged into a 60m ravine near Genting Highlands around 3pm Wednesday.

The dead included 24 males and 13 females. Sixteen people were injured in the incident.

Genting Bus crash

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bus accident in genting plunges into ravine

Bus plunges into Genting ravine, 37 killed


UPDATE – GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: List of survivors in HKL, Selayang Hospital

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have released the names of some of the injured survivors warded at Kuala Lumpur and Selayang hospitals.

Their conditions are described to be semi-critical and critical.

The semi-criticals are in Selayang Hospital are: –

1. Raawnok Arefin, 14, (male) from Bangladesh.
2. Nur Syamimi Ja’afar, 25, (female), Malaysian.
3. Nur Fathiah Ja’afar, 21, (female) – Malaysian.
4. Rashidah Buyah, 50, (female) from Bangladesh.
5. Andri Purwaidi, 25, (female) from Indonesia.

6. Nurul Quraitul Aini, 19, (female) Malaysian
7. Rezyan Arefin, 24, (male) from Bangladesh
8. Nur Fridil Gusman, 23, (male) from Indonesia.

(Victims Numbers 1 and 7; 2 and 3 are siblings)

List of 5 injured survivors at HKL:

1. Wong Teraphong, 63, male, Thai
2. Saidah, 19, female, Malaysian
3. Razif, 26, male, Malaysia
4. S.E Ali Haider son of Shyed Haider, 46, male, Bangladeshi
5. Tan Min Shing, 26, male, Malaysian

Read more: UPDATE – GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: List of survivors in HKL, Selayang Hospital – Latest – New Straits Times

Bus plunges into Genting ravine, 33 feared dead



20 confirmed dead in Genting bus accident (Update 3)

Malaysian Insider

32 feared dead, one dead, 16 alive in Genting bus crash

August 21, 2013
Latest Update: August 21, 2013 07:08 pm

Rescuers bringing out an injured passenger from the Genting bus crash. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, August 21, 2013.Rescuers bringing out an injured passenger from the Genting bus crash. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, August 21, 2013.


21 August 2013| last updated at 06:42PM

UPDATE – GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Crash kills at least 33, injures 16


The bus, carrying 49 passengers, was heading down towards the city when it plunged into the 66-metre ravine.

“All of them are dead, that’s the early report,” Azizan told reporters. “We’ve extricated all those who were alive and could be saved.”

Calgary Herald

33 people killed after passenger bus plunges into ravine near Malaysian highland resort

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine Wednesday while travelling downhill near a Malaysian highland resort, killing 33 people, an official said.

Sixteen people survived the accident, which occurred on a winding slope in central Genting Highlands, a popular destination that houses Malaysia’s sole casino, said fire department official Azizan Ismail.

The bus, which fell about 60 metres (200 feet) into the ravine, was carrying mostly Malaysians and several tourists believed to be from the Middle East, Azizan said.

He said one body had been recovered from the bus, with 32 more bodies remaining inside the vehicle.


Wednesday August 21, 2013 MYT 6:50:31 PM

Storify: Bus plunges into ravine

Rescuers helping an injured passenger in Genting Highlands Wednesday.

Rescuers helping an injured passenger in Genting Highlands Wednesday.

One of the victims of the Genting bus crash who was brought to the Selayang Hospital.


21 August 2013| last updated at 04:46PM

Tour bus overturns, falls into ravine at Karak Highway




Bus ferrying 30 falls into ravine in Genting
4:35PM Aug 21, 2013

A bus carrying passengers has fallen into a ravine on the road heading down from Genting Highlands earlier this afternoon.

According to Associated Press (AP), 30 passengers were on board the bus when the incident occurred.

A police spokesperson reportedly said the accident took place at 2.22pm this afternoon.

Bus ferrying 30 falls into ravine in Genting


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