MALAYSIA - People can say what they want, but my brother-in-law was not one to quarrel with people.
Mr Ong Cheng Hoe said this to The New Paper in response to comments that bus driver Lim Kok Hoe had a fierce argument with a taxi driver before his bus plunged down a 60m ravine, killing 37 people.
The incident, which happened on Tuesday afternoon along the road near the Chin Swee Caves temple in Genting Highlands, is Malaysia's worst road accident.
Speaking over the phone last night, Mr Ong, 54, said that he does not think Mr Lim had exchanged vulgarities with the cabby who had reportedly overtaken the bus dangerously.
Mr Ong, who works in construction, said in Malay: "My brother-in-law lived with my wife and me in Kuala Lumpur. We are 'kamcheng' (very close), and he is not the kind of person to quarrel with others.
"If he's not a good person, he wouldn't have got along well with me. All of us are very sad that's he's gone."
He added that Mr Lim, a divorcee with two children, was a professional and experienced driver who took pride in his work.
"I think there could be something wrong with the bus, maybe with the brakes. The road at Genting is also very steep and dangerous.