Just as we at TRANSIT finished another posting about the problems within the express bus industry, this news story caught our attention.
16 April 2009
BATU PAHAT: A mother and her two young children were burnt to death after an express bus rammed into their car and set it aflame at KM16 of Jalan Kluang here on Thursday.
Siti Kalsom Borhan, 35, Sahira Aisha, six, and Sahira Aliya Hafiz, three, died on the spot. Their bodies have been sent to the Batu Pahat Hospital for a post-mortem.
The 46-year-old bus driver and his eight passengers escaped unhurt.
Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Ibrahim Aris said both vehicles were heading toward Kluang from Batu Pahat at 11.50am when the accident took place.
He added that the bus driver was overtaking a vehicle on his left when he rammed into the victim’s vehicle, which had stopped at the centre of the road to turn right.
“The impact caused the car to be dragged for about 15m,” he said.
ACP Ibrahim also said that the driver, who hails from Pasir Gudang, is expected to be charged in court Friday under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
He added that investigations also showed that the bus driver has six prior summonses for various traffic offences.
Once again – Is life so cheap in Malaysia?