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Deathtraps on the Road January 28, 2008

Posted by Tim in Malaysia, News.
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Sickening, really.

Just 5 months ago 20 people died in a bus crash at Bukit Gantang. The driver (who at least died in the accident) was later found to have had 13 outstanding traffic summons. There was talk about demerit points and discussion over how it happened. There were also a series of other accidents; in one of them the bus involved was found to have 94 summonses since 1999.

On Friday history repeats itself – you have probably read about the poor young people who died, and the bastard who was behind the wheel also had 13 outstanding summons. According to survivor accounts compiled by Jolene he was speeding and sms-ing behind the wheel, at night time, and under heavy rain to boot! Too bad he only got off with a broken leg.

It also hits much closer to home this time (I only touched on it lightly in August) since my cousin was seriously injured in the accident. She was travelling to KL with her father. Thank goodness she’s out of danger.

Some people are getting together to petition for action – real action, not just election talk or passing the buck – to be taken. I’ve travelled enough by bus to know that it’s not just this company or that company at fault; it is nearly the entire coach network in Malaysia.

Please post this on your blog now to help: Chung Lern and Nian Ning’s families would like all families and friends of the victims, dead or alive, in the Slim River Bus Crash to come forward and join them in taking action against the bus company. Stand up to seek justice for these three innocent individuals, who were all so young and full of life.If you have a blog, please call out to ANYONE who knows someone who survived or did not survive the crash to come forward to join the Lee family.
Make a huge difference, make a huge fuss.The next time, it could be you or me.

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1. yuin - January 29, 2008

Your cousin was in that bus? Aik. (Nian Ning was my sister’s friend.)
Good to hear that your cousin’s out of danger now…

2. Tim - January 29, 2008

Penang is really small I think. Lots of people seem to know her!

3. des - January 31, 2008

Greetings Tim!

I am writing on behalf of buscrashnomore.blogspot.com team.
Firstly, we are sorry to know that your cousin was in the bus too. Everyone wishes he/she will have a speedy recovery. At the same, we are mourning for the loss of 3 other victims. Currently, we are also looking for victims to stand forward to help our legal team too. Witnesses would be of great help to the Lee’s family who is taking legal actions against the bus company. Please don’t hesitate write us a mail at buscrashnomore @gmail.com if your cousin can provide any assistance.

4. Tim - February 1, 2008

Will tell her and her father about the request.

5. ian - February 8, 2008

It is a small world indeed. Nian Ning was my former classmate’s sister, and her mum was a teacher in my high school.


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