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Friday, June 17, 2011

Cameron Highland's Crash Report Submitted to AG's Chambers

Many people asked, "What has MIROS done for the past years?". I think the best answer is this, CRASH RECONSTRUCTION, the first in the nation, and leading organization in South East Asia (angkat bakul betul kekeke).

KUALA LUMPUR: The report by the independent inquiry board investigating the double-decker bus crash in Cameron Highlands last year has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

He said the report was tabled before the Cabinet in April after the board completed its investigation into the Dec 20 crash, which claimed 28 lives, mostly Thai tourists.

“The Cabinet has referred the matter to the AG’s Chambers for further action. I was informed that the AG's Chambers has looked through the report and passed it to the police and other relevant agencies for further action,” he told Bernama here today.

He said the report gave its findings on what caused the crash and on possible shortcomings on the part of various government agencies and the bus operator. However, he said the report would not be made public or tabled in Parliament.

"This is due to legal implications. So it is now up to the respective agencies to look into the recomendations by the panel and take neccesary action," he said.

In the nation's worst road accident at the 15th kilometre of the Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai road on Dec 20 last year, 25 Thai nationals and their Malaysian driver and tour guide were killed when the double-decker bus they were in crashed into a divider, overturned and landed on its roof in a ditch.

The crash claimed the lives of 22 people on the spot while five others died at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh. Following the accident, Universiti Putra Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi, who has a PhD in traffic safety engineering and a Masters in transport and traffic engineering, was appointed to head an independent inquiry board to investigate the crash.

The inquiry board looked into all aspects of the accident before making recommendations to the Government. The other committee members were representatives from the Malaysian Institute of Transportation, Institute of Engineering Malaysia, Road Engineering Association of Malaysia, Federation of Malaysia Consumers Association (Fomca) and mechanical engineering consultant Datuk Foong Choy Chye.

Dr Radin said the report took two months to complete as the board had called and recorded statements from witnesses and experts on the accident. Those called to assist the probe included officials from Malaysia Institute Of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Road Transport Department (RTD), Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom), Tourism Ministry as well as local agents.

The probe also involved foreign parties including the bus's chasis maker from Japan.

Source: Mmail

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