Wednesday 25 June 2008


Dying on Malaysia's Roads and Highways is Easy
The Authorities Turn Blind Eyes
Whilst the Relatives Cry
Carnage Rules
Bloody Fools
No Highway Code
Life Must Be Cheap
All the Victims Families Weep
Whilst the Authorities Sleep!

Two people were killed and seven others seriously injured on Tuesday, 24th June 2008, when the express bus they were passengers in crashed at kilometre 406 of the North-South Toll Highway, near Lembah Beringin, in Selangor state.

In the accident which occurred at about 1pm, when the Singapore-bound bus was believed to be driven at a high speed, causing it to skid and crash into a road divider before landing on its side in the middle of the road, it was reported to have been raining at the time.

The maximum speed permitted for buses in Malaysia [on highways] is 90 km/hour, but it is very common to see them overtaking other vehicles at speeds far exceeding the maximum speed limit for cars which is 110 km/ hour.

Two of the 18 bus passengers were killed at the scene of the incident, when they were pinned under the bus. The injured passengers were taken to the Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital.

The Selangor traffic police chief Supt Che Hussin Omar, confirmed that the fatal accident had occurred.

The driver aged 44, has, according to the police who were quoted in media reports, an outstanding arrest warrant and three traffic summonses.

What are some of the main causes of bus crashes in Malaysia?

  • Reckless and dangerous driving.
  • Inexperience and poorly trained drivers.
  • Low standard of Driving Tests.
  • Total disregard for the law.
  • Almost zero enforcement.
  • Bribery and corruption.
  • Bus operators who pay drivers commission depending upon the number of trips they complete daily.
  • Poorly maintained buses.
All of the above are easy to rectify, but the federal government seems to be totally disinterested in such trivialities!

In his ordo est ordinem non servare

- In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules

Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium

- Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence.

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