KUALA LUMPUR - The 44-year-old driver of the ill-fated stage bus registered to Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd was hired only recently.
A company representative said although the driver was relatively new with the company, he had all the relevant documentation and licences qualifying him as a driver. The bus company operates from its office here in Jalan Segambut.
According to the employee, the bus, WGA 4136, had undergone the necessary checks and routine inspections with the authorities and had been certified roadworthy.
The staff, who declined to be identified, said that when news about the accident was posted online, she was asked to call the driver on his handphone.
"Though the phone rang, he did not pick it up. Fearing the worst, an officer from the company was despatched to the scene.
"Our company will extend our fullest cooperation to the authorities, and give them whatever they need. We will also help the victims' families."
A relative of the driver, who only wanted to be known as Ong, identified the driver as Lim Kok Ho.
Speaking at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Ong said Lim had six years' experience driving a bus in Singapore before joining Genting Highlands Transport two months ago.
He said Lim was the fifth of six children and was divorced with two children.
"When we heard about the crash, we tried calling his handphone but we couldn't get hold of him," he said.
The family rushed to HKL after that.