Express casualties

Another misfortune struck Malaysians in the wake of the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy, and this time it’s on the North-South Expressway near Tangkak, Johor yesterday. Ten people were reportedly killed when the express bus they’re in skidded and rammed into a tree.

We have heard far too often of such highway calamities that cause deaths, pain and misery to the people concerned. And what’s worse is that very often these tragedies occur at a time when families and friends are supposed to celebrate festivities or go for a family outing.

Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat has called for an investigation into this accident, and he said that ‘if negligence was found to be the cause of the accident, stern action would be taken against those responsible’.

Malaysians do hope that there are lessons to be learnt from this and other previous accidents so that proper precautions are taken and standard procedures are strictly adhered to by the authorities and bus management concerned to ensure that a trip meant to enhance ties between family members, relatives and friends does not end up to be a journey of grievous loss of lives. 

Unless safety on the highway is ensured, not many Malaysians would be easily convinced that it’s okay and convenient to go ‘Cuti Cuti Malaysia’ on public transport.

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