Monday 11 October 2010

DANGER! PLEASE TAKE HEED - Do not Travel on Express Buses in Malaysia

Yet another express bus crash resulting in a massive death toll and scores of injuries.

When will the carnage on Malaysia's roads end?

So all you people out there, locals and tourists alike, please think very carefully before choosing to travel by express bus in Malaysia.

Remember in Malaysia:
  • Talking is cheap
  • Lives are regarded as cheap, &
  • Corruption is still alive and thriving, but it is certainly killing the country and the people!

Twelve people were killed on the spot and more than 45 others were injured in a crash involving two buses, a van and three cars at Kilometre 223 of the North-South Highway near the Simpang Ampat toll plaza on Sunday, 10th October 2010.
The express bus crashed through the guardrail and ploughed into the five other vehicles heading in the opposition direction.

Police said the tragedy, at 18:40, happened when a bus heading towards Kuala Lumpur 'went out of control' and flipped over to the southbound side of the highway.

How on earth does a bus, or any other vehicle, 'go out of control' what an idiotic thing to say!

The red bus seems to have been speeding, that is the norm in Malaysia, although all buses are restricted by law to a maximum speed on highways of 90 km/hour, they can be seen at any time of any day moving at well over the maximum speed allowed for any vehicle on a Malaysian highway, which is 110 km/hour!

The is virtually zero enforcement of most laws, even though Malaysia has so many enforcement agencies.

The police and the road transport department are supposed to take care of enforcement on the roads and highways, but they do not appear to do their work very well.

In this case the police were reported as saying, as quoted in a news report:

'There was no evidence so far that the express bus involved in the fatal crash in Simpang Ampat on Sunday was speeding.'

SAC Abdul Aziz said 'police were still unsure of the exact cause'.

Just wait, there will soon be another fatal crash involving an express bus, and more and more ad infinitum, unless something is done to end the carnage on Malaysia's roads. Don't hold your breath folks!!

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president SM Idris was reported as saying that the authorities should investigate claims by some passengers that the bus was being driven very fast.

He said talks on public road safety were meaningless until enforcement and important policies on road safety were implemented.

"What happened to speed limiting devices on express buses, the automated enforcement system (AES) and proper management of commercial vehicle drivers?" he asked.

CAP said the authorities should stop pandering to the demands of transport companies and focus instead on saving lives.



Ex nilhilo nihil fit

Nothing comes from nothing

Nemo sine vitio est

No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)

Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent

The names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)

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